cross one's heart meaning, cross one's heart definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( hearts    plural  )
1       n-count   Your heart is the organ in your chest that pumps the blood around your body. People also use heart to refer to the area of their chest that is closest to their heart.  
The bullet had passed less than an inch from Andrea's heart...     
2       n-count   You can refer to someone's heart when you are talking about their deep feelings and beliefs.  
LITERARY   usu with poss  
Alik's words filled her heart with pride...     
3       n-var   You use heart when you are talking about someone's character and attitude towards other people, especially when they are kind and generous.  
usu adj N in sing     (approval)    She loved his brilliance and his generous heart...     
4       n-sing   Theheart of something is the most central and important part of it.  
N of n   (=crux)  
The heart of the problem is supply and demand...     
5       n-sing   Theheartof a place is its centre.  
usu N of n  
...a busy dentists' practice in the heart of London's West End.     
6       n-count   A heart is a shape that is used as a symbol of love: <heart>.  
...heart-shaped chocolates.     
7       n-uncount-coll   Hearts is one of the four suits in a pack of playing cards. Each card in the suit is marked with one or more red symbols in the shape of a heart.  
      A heart is a playing card of this suit., n-count  
8    If you feel or believe something with all your heart, you feel or believe it very strongly.  
with all one's heart      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl     (emphasis)    My own family I loved with all my heart.     
9    If you say that someone is a particular kind of person at heart, you mean that that is what they are really like, even though they may seem very different.  
at heart      phrase   PHR with cl  
He was a very gentle boy at heart.     
10    If you say that someone has your interests or your welfare at heart, you mean that they are concerned about you and that is why they are doing something.  
at heart      phrase   usu have n PHR  
11    If someone breaks your heart, they make you very sad and unhappy, usually because they end a love affair or close relationship with you.  
break sb's heart      phrase   V and N inflect  
12    If something breaks your heart, it makes you feel very sad and depressed, especially because people are suffering but you can do nothing to help them.  
break sb's heart      phrase   V and N inflect, oft PHR to-inf  
It really breaks my heart to see them this way.     
13    If you say that someone has a broken heart, you mean that they are very sad, for example because a love affair has ended unhappily.  
broken heart      phrase   N inflects  
She never recovered from her broken heart.     
14    If you know something such as a poem by heart, you have learned it so well that you can remember it without having to read it.  
by heart      phrase   PHR after v  
Mack knew this passage by heart.     
15    If someone has a change of heart, their attitude towards something changes.  
change of heart      phrase   change inflects  
Several brokers have had a change of heart about prospects for the company...     
16    If something such as a subject or project is close to your heart or near to your heart, it is very important to you and you are very interested in it and concerned about it.  
close to one's heart/near to one's heart      phrase   N inflects, oft v-link PHR  
Animal welfare is a subject very close to my heart.     
17    If you can do something to your heart's content, you can do it as much as you want.  
to one's heart's content      phrase   PHR after v  
I was delighted to be able to eat my favorite dishes to my heart's content.     
18    You can say `cross my heart' when you want someone to believe that you are telling the truth. You can also ask `cross your heart?', when you are asking someone if they are really telling the truth.  
cross one's heart             convention  
And I won't tell any of the other girls anything you tell me about it. I promise, cross my heart.     
19    If you say something from the heart or from the bottom of your heart, you sincerely mean what you say.  
from the heart/from the bottom of one's heart      phrase   PHR after v   (=sincerely)  
He spoke with confidence, from the heart...     
20    If something gives you heart, it makes you feel more confident or happy about something.  
give sb heart      phrase   V inflects  
It gave me heart to see one thug get what he deserves.     
21    If you want to do something but do not have the heartto do it, you do not do it because you know it will make someone unhappy or disappointed.  
not have the heart      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR to-inf  
We knew all along but didn't have the heart to tell her.     
22    If you believe or know something in your heart of hearts, that is what you really believe or think, even though it may sometimes seem that you do not.  
in your heart of hearts      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
I know in my heart of hearts that I am the right man for that mission.     
23    If your heart isn't in the thing you are doing, you have very little enthusiasm for it, usually because you are depressed or are thinking about something else.  
your heart is not in sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n/-ing  
I tried to learn some lines but my heart wasn't really in it.     
24    If you lose heart, you become sad and depressed and are no longer interested in something, especially because it is not progressing as you would like.  
lose heart      phrase   V inflects  
He appealed to his countrymen not to lose heart.     
25    If your heart is in your mouth, you feel very excited, worried, or frightened.  
heart is in your mouth      phrase   V and Ns inflect  
My heart was in my mouth when I walked into her office.     
26    If you open your heart or pour out your heart to someone, you tell them your most private thoughts and feelings.  
open one's heart to sb      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR to n  
She opened her heart to millions yesterday and told how she came close to suicide.     
27    If you say that someone's heart is in the right place, you mean that they are kind, considerate, and generous, although you may disapprove of other aspects of their character.  
heart is in the right place      phrase   heart and V inflect  
He is a bit of a tearaway but his heart is in the right place.     
28    If you have set your heart on something, you want it very much or want to do it very much.  
set one's heart on sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n/-ing  
He had always set his heart on a career in the fine arts.     
29    If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you openly show your feelings or emotions rather than keeping them hidden.  
wear one's heart on one's sleeve      phrase   V and N inflect  
30    If you put your heart and soulinto something, you do it with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy.  
heart and soul      phrase  
31    If you take heartfrom something, you are encouraged and made to feel optimistic by it.  
take heart      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR from n  
32    If you take something to heart, for example someone's behaviour, you are deeply affected and upset by it.  
take sth to heart      phrase   V inflects  
If someone says something critical I take it to heart.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
cross          [1]     ( crosses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( crossing    present participle)   ( crossed    past tense & past participle  )   (VERB AND NOUN USES)  
Please look at category 16 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.     
1       verb   If you cross    something such as a room, a road, or an area of land or water, you move or travel to the other side of it. If you cross   to a place, you move or travel over a room, road, or area of land or water in order to reach that place.         
She was partly to blame for failing to look as she crossed the road...      V n  
Nine Albanians have crossed the border into Greece and asked for political asylum...      V n  
Egan crossed to the drinks cabinet and poured a Scotch.      V to/into n, Also V adv/prep  
2       verb   A road, railway, or bridge that crosses an area of land or water passes over it.  
The Defford to Eckington road crosses the river half a mile outside Eckington.      V n  
3       v-recip   Lines or roads that cross    meet and go across each other.      
...the intersection where Main and Center streets cross...      pl-n V  
It is near where the pilgrimage route crosses the road to Quimper.      V n  
4       verb   If someone or something crosses a limit or boundary, for example the limit of acceptable behaviour, they go beyond it.  
I normally never write into magazines but Mr Stubbs has finally crossed the line...      V n  
5       verb   If an expression crosses someone's face, it appears briefly on their face.  
WRITTEN   Berg tilts his head and a mischievous look crosses his face...      V n  
6       n-count   A cross    is a shape that consists of a vertical line or piece with a shorter horizontal line or piece across it. It is the most important Christian symbol.      
Round her neck was a cross on a silver chain...     
7       verb   If Christians cross   themselves, they make the sign of a cross by moving their hand across the top half of their body.      
`Holy Mother of God!' Marco crossed himself.      V pron-refl  
8       n-count   If you describe something as a cross    that someone has to bear, you mean it is a problem or disadvantage which they have to deal with or bear.       (=burden)  
My wife is much cleverer than me; it is a cross I have to bear.     
9       n-count   A cross    is a written mark in the shape of an X. You can use it, for example, to indicate that an answer to a question is wrong, to mark the position of something on a map, or to indicate your vote on a ballot paper.      
Put a tick next to those activities you like and a cross next to those you dislike.     
10       verb   If a cheque is crossed, two parallel lines are drawn across it or printed on it to indicate that it must be paid into a bank account and cannot be cashed.  
  (BRIT)   usu passive  
Cheques/postal orders should be crossed and made payable to Newmarket Promotions.      be V-ed  
...a crossed cheque.      V-ed  
11       verb   If you cross    your arms, legs, or fingers, you put one of them on top of the other.      
Jill crossed her legs and rested her chin on one fist, as if lost in deep thought...      V n  
He was sitting there in the living room with his legs crossed.      V-ed  
12       verb   If you cross    someone who is likely to get angry, you oppose them or refuse to do what they want.      
If you ever cross him, forget it, you're finished.      V n  
13       n-sing   Something that is a cross between two things is neither one thing nor the other, but a mixture of both.  
a N between pl-n  
It was a lovely dog. It was a cross between a collie and a golden retriever.     
14       n-count   In some team sports such as football and hockey, a cross    is the passing of the ball from the side of the field to a player in the centre, usually in front of the goal.      
Le Tissier hit an accurate cross to Groves.     
15       adj   A cross    street is a road that crosses another more important road.      
  (AM)   ADJ n  
The Army boys had personnel carriers blockading the cross streets.     
    to cross your fingers  
    cross my heart  
    to cross your mind  
    people's paths cross  
    to cross the Rubicon  
    to cross swords  
    sword   cross off      phrasal verb   If you cross off words on a list, you decide that they no longer belong on the list, and often you draw a line through them to indicate this.  
I checked the chart and found I had crossed off the wrong thing...      V P n (not pron)  
They have enough trouble finding nutritious food without crossing meat off their shopping lists.      V n P n, Also V n P   cross out      phrasal verb   If you cross out words on a page, you draw a line through them, because they are wrong or because you want to change them.   (=delete)  
He crossed out `fellow subjects', and instead inserted `fellow citizens'.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    angry, annoyed, cantankerous, captious, choked, churlish, crotchety     (informal)   crusty, disagreeable, fractious, fretful, grouchy     (informal)   grumpy, hacked (off)     (U.S. slang)   ill-humoured, ill-tempered, impatient, in a bad mood, irascible, irritable, liverish, out of humour, peeved     (informal)   peevish, pettish, petulant, pissed off     (taboo slang)   put out, querulous, ratty     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   shirty     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   short, snappish, snappy, splenetic, sullen, surly, testy, tetchy, vexed, waspish  
2    bridge, cut across, extend over, ford, meet, pass over, ply, span, traverse, zigzag  
3    crisscross, intersect, intertwine, lace, lie athwart of  
4    blend, crossbreed, cross-fertilize, cross-pollinate, hybridize, interbreed, intercross, mix, mongrelize  
5    block, deny, foil, frustrate, hinder, impede, interfere, obstruct, oppose, resist, thwart  
6    affliction, burden, grief, load, misery, misfortune, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe, worry  
7    crucifix, rood  
8    crossing, crossroads, intersection, junction  
9    amalgam, blend, combination, crossbreed, cur, hybrid, hybridization, mixture, mongrel, mutt     (slang)  
10    crosswise, intersecting, oblique, transverse  
11    adverse, contrary, opposed, opposing, unfavourable  
12      (involving an interchange)   opposite, reciprocal  
1    affable, agreeable, calm, cheerful, civil, congenial, even-tempered, genial, good-humoured, good-natured, nice, placid, pleasant, sweet  

catechize, grill     (informal)   interrogate, pump, question, quiz  
awkward, cantankerous, crabby, difficult, disobliging, ill-natured, morose, peevish, perverse, refractory, shrewish, stubborn, truculent, wayward  
cross out      , off  
blue-pencil, cancel, delete, eliminate, strike off or out  
betray, cheat, cozen, defraud, hoodwink, mislead, sell down the river     (informal)   swindle, trick, two-time     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
be kept waiting
to lose one's temper
very familiar
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
make a lot of efforts to understand something
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
go for something, take one's chances
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
Affectionate term used to address or refer to one's girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, etc. The acronym means Before Anything Else.
[Fam.] Exemple: I love you, bae.
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
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