a rapid beat or pulsation of the heart.
a passionate or sentimental emotion.

1840–50; heart + throb

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Example sentences
He was übermensch, heartthrob, and political movement rolled into one.
The heartthrob obliged his fans and left a warm impression on the folks at the
  farm as well.
He was a stylist on the bicycle and in life, and a huge heartthrob.
He was then a little bleary-eyed from being a new father, but also a little
  wary of the press from being a heartthrob.
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