Andrew Sullivan directs us to the interesting discussion at bleeding heart Libertarians, "why aren't more libertarians women."
She had what is often called a bleeding heart; it had been part of her since childhood.
It was as he was reading the above document with a bleeding heart that Mr. Mossrose came in from his daily walk to the City.
Somehow or other, this was the general misfortune of bleeding heart Yard.
This had taken the form of a two-feet-in-diameter “bleeding heart” pierced by an arrow.
They began their perquisitions in bleeding heart Yard that same forenoon.
I see you coming back to us within a year with a broken and bleeding heart.
I only came because I wanted to pour balm, not hope, into your bleeding heart.
He often thanked her for this, little knowing how every quiet word of hers was torn from a bleeding heart.
None knew who he was, but the bleeding heart of him who had once been his friend.
type of flowering plant, so called from 1690s. In the sense of "person excessively sympathetic" (especially toward those the speaker deems not to deserve it) is attested by 1951, but said by many to have been popularized with reference to liberals (especially Eleanor Roosevelt) in 1930s by newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler (1894-1969), though quotations are wanting; bleeding in a figurative sense of "generous" is from late 16c., and the notion of one's heart bleeding as a figure of emotional anguish is from late 14c., but the exact image here may be the "bleeding heart of Jesus."
: a bleeding-heart wimpy liberal
A person regarded as unduly softhearted, esp towards idlers who do not merit sympathy •Very commonly used by the politically conservative to condemn the politically liberal
[1950s+; fr religious pictures showing the bleeding heart of Jesus]