all heart

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all heart (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Motivated by positive emotions, especially as productive of exceptionally generous or kind behavior.
    • 1823, James Fenimore Cooper, Tales for Fifteen or, Imagination and Heart:
      "[F]ar from wanting feeling, Charlotte Henley is all heart. To use your own language," she added, turning her eyes towards him archly, "it is for her heart that I most love her."
    • 1969 January 17, "Books: His Life and Crimes" (review of The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas), Time (retrieved 2 May 2019):
      Joseph Michael Valachi looks a bit like a Damon Runyon gangster—the tough guy who really is all heart.
    • 2007 October 7, Andrea Guttman "Opinions: Want a Great Dog? Adopt a Greyhound, New York Times (retrieved 2 May 2019):
      Greyhounds in general are all heart, kind and gentle souls that love to please and be with their owners.
    • 2014 June 5, Elizabeth Grice "Mark Shand: 'It was like watching a lion fall', Telegraph (UK) (retrieved 2 May 2019):
      "[I]f you were sad, he would put his arms around you and go out and buy a present even if he didn’t have any money that month. He was all heart."

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