break one's heart
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British pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk wˈɒnz hˈɑːt/
American pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk wˈʌnz hˈɑːɹt/
to break one's heart

to make someone who loves one go through deep emotional pain and sorrow

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to [break] {one's} heart definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "break one's heart" and when to use it?

The phrase "break one's heart" originated in Old English and Middle English literature, gaining popularity during the Renaissance era. It is commonly employed when discussing the end of a romantic relationship, such as a devastating breakup or divorce, where one's heart is metaphorically shattered by the loss of love and companionship. The phrase is also used to depict the anguish and sorrow experienced after the loss of a loved one, evoking the deep emotional impact and grief.

Seeing her dreams crumble before her eyes broke her heart, and she struggled to find hope in the midst of disappointment.
The sudden death of his best friend broke his heart, and he mourned the loss deeply for months.
He couldn't bear the rejection from his long-time crush, and it broke his heart to know his feelings were not reciprocated.
When she discovered her partner's infidelity, it broke her heart and left her feeling betrayed and devastated.
After years of friendship, their falling out over a misunderstanding broke her heart, leaving her feeling hurt and alone.
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