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break one's heart

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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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.

1I know he's doing God's work, but it will break my heart to see him leave!'
2'You and Edgar have broken my heart,' said Catherine.
3I haven't broken your heart, you've broken it!
4It just broke my heart.
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