find it in one's heart

Persuade oneself to do something, as in They were an hour late, but I couldn't find it in my heart to scold them. This expression, today generally put in the negative, alludes to searching self-examination. [Mid-1400s]


Nearby words

  1. finca,
  2. finch,
  3. finchley,
  4. find,
  5. find fault,
  6. find one's bearings,
  7. find one's way,
  8. find oneself,
  9. find out,
  10. find the lady

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