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lose heart

Become discouraged, as in The rescuers worked hard for the first few hours, but then they lost heart. This term uses heart in the sense of “courage” or “spirit.” [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • But though Julien was unable to fight with so big an opponent, he did not lose heart.

  • Do not lose heart, Philip; he cannot last forever; and this week how ill he has been!

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • But after a few setbacks and failures we lose heart, and faith in our vision dies.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • But don't you lose heart, Jim, for I'm sure this isn't the end of our story, by any means.

  • He who does not remember this is likely to lose heart, and in a little while to abandon his efforts altogether.

    The Way of Initiation Rudolf Steiner
  • Do remember if you lose heart about your work, that none of it is lost.

    Out of the Deep Charles Kingsley
  • Her trusty counsellor told her not to lose heart, for she might rely on his help.

    Tales of Bengal S. B. Banerjea
  • In spite of this, neither officers nor men appeared to lose heart.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Lucky for them if they do not lose heart and stop half-way, instead of going on bravely to the end as Tom did.

    The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
  • We must not lose heart, or it will be the worse both for ourselves and for those whom we love.

    Character Samuel Smiles

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