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heart-to-heart

[hahrt-tuh-hahrt]
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adjective
  1. frank; sincere: We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance.
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noun
  1. Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons.
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Origin of heart-to-heart

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for heart-to-heart

Historical Examples

  • 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


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
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noun
  1. an intimate conversation or discussion
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