pour one's heart out

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pour one's heart out

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To express one's innermost thoughts or feelings.
    • 1852, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., ch. 29:
      He poured his heart out to them, so as he never could in any other company, where he hath generally passed for being moody, or supercilious and silent.
    • 1860, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, ch. 7:
      [S]he would be all the better for pouring her heart out freely, and would be glad to do it, if she were sure of sympathy
    • 1994, Rolling Stones, Out of Tears:
      And I just can't pour my heart out, to another living thing, I'm a whisper, I'm a shadow, but I'm standing up to sing.
    • 2009 July 2, "Our Favorite Songs: General Colin Powell," Time:
      The spirited lyrics, the dancing and the joy of watching these five handsome, clean-cut youngsters pouring their hearts out moved me then and moves me now.


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