heart to heart

Meaning(s)

1. an earnest, meaningful conversation between two people

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Medium

Professional

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have a heart to heart with someone

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A 'heart to heart' conversation or chat is one which is intimate, truthful and where both parties are vulnerable. If someone asks you for a 'heart to heart' they wish to have a personal conversation, usually to resolve a problem or to understand something that is going on. This phrase can be used as a noun as in 'have a heart to heart' with someone, or as a verb. "She gave a heart to heart account of her life growing up in poverty." This idiomatic expression is much more likely to be used in social situations.

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  1. Mary knew that her friend had been feeling down recently, so she called over with a bottle of wine for a heart to heart.
  2. After a lengthy heart to heart, they managed to resolve their differences and became good friends again.

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  1. My manager knew I had a lot going on at home so he called me into the office for a heart to heart and was very understanding.
  2. Regular breaks and social events provide opportunities for employees to get to know each other on a personal level and even have frank and heart to heart discussions about their work and personal lives.

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