- frank; sincere: We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance.
- Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons.
Origin of heart-to-heart
First recorded in 1865–70
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Related Words for heart to heartmatter-of-fact, straightforward, guileless, outspoken, honest, candid, blunt, naive, forthright, sympathetic, affectionate, warmhearted, welcoming, cozy, jovial, earnest, sincere, polite, hearty, cheerful
- (esp of a conversation or discussion) concerned with personal problems or intimate feelings
- an intimate conversation or discussion
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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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