Have a heart of glass

Definition

The phrase ‘have a heart of glass’ is an idiom used to describe someone who is excessively vulnerable or sensitive. It suggests that the person is emotionally fragile and easily hurt.

Examples

He has a heart of glass, so be careful what you say to him.

I don’t think she’ll be able to handle it; she has a heart of glass.

My brother is so sensitive that he might as well have a heart of glass.

Origin

The phrase ‘have a heart of glass’ is believed to have come from the English phrase ‘glass heart’, which was first used by John Fletcher in 1625 in his play ‘The Island Princess’.

FAQs

What does ‘have a heart of glass’ mean?

The phrase ‘have a heart of glass’ means to be excessively vulnerable or sensitive.

Where does ‘have a heart of glass’ come from?

The phrase is believed to have come from the English phrase ‘glass heart’ which was first used by John Fletcher in 1625 in his play ‘The Island Princess’.