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heart-to-heart

[hahrt-tuh-hahrt] /ˈhɑrt təˌhɑrt/
adjective
1.
frank; sincere:
We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance.
noun
2.
Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons.
Origin of heart-to-heart
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the Web for heart-to-heart
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  • Pretending to be my best friend he sought the occasion of a heart-to-heart with me.

  • Do get him here, Mabel, and have a heart-to-heart talk, all three of you!

  • That afternoon, after Peter had cooked a wonderfully good luncheon, I had a heart-to-heart talk with Blenkiron.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • He had come to have a heart-to-heart talk with me, I learned, and I was soon on the defensive.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • The day after the meeting is the time for personal work, for hand-picked fruit, for heart-to-heart conversations.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • After she had gone Mrs. Allan and I had a heart-to-heart talk.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I've realised it since a heart-to-heart talk old Con forced me to have with him a fortnight before we sailed.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • He was friendly enough, but showed no inclination for heart-to-heart confidences.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • When this is not done, I have them meet me in the chapel for a heart-to-heart talk about the conduct of the school.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • "I want to have a heart-to-heart talk with you, mother," said Grace, hesitatingly.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
British Dictionary definitions for heart-to-heart

heart-to-heart

adjective
1.
(esp of a conversation or discussion) concerned with personal problems or intimate feelings
noun
2.
an intimate conversation or discussion
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