Have a heart of stone

Definition

To have a heart of stone is an idiom used to describe someone who is unsympathetic and uncaring.

Examples

My boss has a heart of stone – his decisions are always so cold and ruthless.

The orphanage is always looking for volunteers with a heart of stone to help those in need.

Origin

This idiom originated in the 19th century and is believed to reference the biblical figure of Pharaoh who refused to free the Israelites from slavery.

FAQs

What does it mean to have a heart of stone?

Having a heart of stone means being unsympathetic and uncaring.

Where did this idiom originate?

This idiom originated in the 19th century and is believed to reference the biblical figure of Pharaoh who refused to free the Israelites from slavery.