near to one's heart
Also, close to one's heart. Loved by or important to one, as in This last painting was very near to her heart, or His first grandson is close to his heart. [Late 1800s]
Words to Describe Your Broken HeartRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
black heartRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
loved, dear, favorite, respected, popular, hallowed, prized, treasured, cherished, well-liked, esteemed, revered, pet, sweet, darling, pleasing, dearest, fair-haired, precious, endeared
- near money,
- near point,
- near real-time,
- near rhyme,
- near thing,
- near-death experience,
- near-earth object,
- near-infrared radiation,
- near-market research
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.