In one’s heart of hearts

Idiom

In one’s heart of hearts

Definition

Refers to a person’s true feelings about something, even if those feelings are not openly expressed.

Examples

Although he says he likes the new restaurant, in his heart of hearts he prefers the old one

She knows in her heart of hearts that she should take the job offer

Origin

Believed to have originated from the Latin phrase ‘Cor Cordium’, which translates to ‘heart of hearts’.

FAQs

Question

Is the phrase ‘heart of hearts’ literal?

Answer

No, it is an idiom that is used to describe a person’s innermost thoughts and feelings.

Question

Does the phrase ‘heart of hearts’ have to do with the heart?

Answer

No, the phrase is simply a metaphor meaning the innermost part of one’s mind.

Question

Is ‘heart of hearts’ related to any other idioms?

Answer

Yes, it is related to ‘true colors’, which also refers to someone’s true feelings or intentions.