change of heart

a reversal of one's feelings, intentions, opinions, etc.: At first Mother said we couldn't go, but she had a change of heart and let us.

1820–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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change of heart

Altered feelings or attitude, as in Paul didn't like his new job, but a raise prompted a change of heart and he became quite enthusiastic. [Early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
He was encouraged in this change of heart by the housing collapse, in which the
  market for lawn seed was collateral damage.
Any moment she could have a change of heart and want me back.
The company did not give any reasons for the change of heart.
Still, it is difficult to see it as anything but a change of heart.
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