change of heart

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  1. a reversal of one's feelings, intentions, opinions, etc.: At first Mother said we couldn't go, but she had a change of heart and let us.

Origin of change of heart

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby change of heart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use change of heart in a sentence

  • In a surprising change-of-heart, two more Tory leaders have come out in favor of same-sex unions in the UK.

    Equality in the Motherland | Ilana Glazer | January 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "You're one grand little lightning-change-of-heart-artist—gotta slip it to you for that," the detective observed truculently.

    The Day of Days | Louis Joseph Vance

Other Idioms and Phrases with change of heart

change of heart

Altered feelings or attitude, as in Paul didn't like his new job, but a raise prompted a change of heart and he became quite enthusiastic. [Early 1800s]

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