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heart-to-heart

[hahrt-tuh-hahrt] /ˈhɑrt təˌhɑrt/
adjective
1.
frank; sincere:
We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance.
noun
2.
Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons.
Origin of heart-to-heart
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70
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  • I'm aware of them; I sometimes wish I could have a heart-to-heart talk with them.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Do get him here, Mabel, and have a heart-to-heart talk, all three of you!

  • He had come to have a heart-to-heart talk with me, I learned, and I was soon on the defensive.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • The results of this heart-to-heart talk were not long in coming.

  • After she had gone Mrs. Allan and I had a heart-to-heart talk.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He was friendly enough, but showed no inclination for heart-to-heart confidences.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • "I want to have a heart-to-heart talk with you, mother," said Grace, hesitatingly.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • This: See her father and have a heart-to-heart talk with him.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • We're all the same, and like a heart-to-heart talk, so long as it is about ourselves.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • "These secrets mustn't be the heart-to-heart, keep-it-to-yourself-forever kind," stipulated Nora.

British Dictionary definitions for heart-to-heart

heart-to-heart

adjective
1.
(esp of a conversation or discussion) concerned with personal problems or intimate feelings
noun
2.
an intimate conversation or discussion
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