heartstrings

EnglishEdit

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  • heart-strings

EtymologyEdit

From heart +‎ strings.

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NounEdit

heartstrings (plural only)

  1. (obsolete, anatomy) The tendons once thought to brace the heart. [15th-19th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.iii.2.4:
      The midriff and heart-strings do burn and beat very fearfully, and when this vapour or fume is stirred, flieth upward, the heart itself beats [...].
  2. (figuratively) One's deepest emotions or inner feelings. [from 16th c.]

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Last modified on 28 March 2014, at 04:15