[ hahrt-tuh-hahrt ]
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  1. frank; sincere: We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance.

  1. Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons.

Origin of heart-to-heart

First recorded in 1865–70

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How to use heart-to-heart in a sentence

  • I've realised it since a heart-to-heart talk old Con forced me to have with him a fortnight before we sailed.

    Vision House | C. N. Williamson
  • He must go to Monteverde, give him a good, heart-to-heart lecture, so that he would be good and not make her suffer.

    Woman Triumphant | Vicente Blasco Ibaez

British Dictionary definitions for heart-to-heart


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

  1. an intimate conversation or discussion

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Other Idioms and Phrases with heart-to-heart


Candidly, sincerely, as in We need to talk heart to heart about her coming marriage. This expression is nearly always applied to a conversation of some kind. [Mid-1900s]

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