wear one's heart on one's sleeve

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wear one's heart on one's sleeve

  1. (idiomatic) To be very transparent, open, or forthright about one's emotions.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, act 1, scene 1, line 64:
      Iago: For when my outward action doth demonstrate
      The native act and figure of my heart
      In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
      But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
      For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
    • 1840, Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, lecture 6:
      Such a man must have reticences in him. If he walk wearing his heart upon his sleeve for daws to peck at, his journey will not extend far!
    • 1915, Gilbert Parker, The Money Master, ch. 18:
      There was something very direct and childlike in Virginie Poucette. She could not pretend; she wore her heart on her sleeve.
    • 2011, Calvin Harris, Feel So Close, song:
      I feel so close to you right now, it's a force field. I wear my heart on my sleeve, like a big deal.


  • (to be emotionally transparent): to be an open book