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Kristina Lopez Mason Wheeler Mason Wheeler 5 5 gold badges 12 12 silver badges 22 22 bronze badges. EdwinAshworth, that's a different definition of heart than the OP's question, though informative in its own right. IMO, "big heart" is more about generosity than sensitivity.
A "tender heart" seems more in line with someone who is empathetic and considerate of others' feelings.
The most literal translation would be "I didn't have the courage to tell him", but that literal translation misses the point that "telling" would likely somehow emotionally injure "him", and "I" would like to avoid that, possibly out of consideration of "him", possibly to avoid being "the bad guy" myself, possibly both. Definition 4c of heart from MW-O: 4: the emotional or moral as distinguished from the intellectual nature: as c: courage, ardor ex.
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Kristina Lopez Kristina Lopez And it's a usage which seriously predates Modern English. But that's not what the expression means.
Has the meaning of the expression changed over time? If so, why?
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Is it due to a strange sort of influence from the other uses of "heart" that the OP refers to? It may mean this in some ways Ruakh because upsetting a person may circumstantially lead to frightful consequences and simply causing heartbreak is a repercussion that may be feared by sympathetic folk on its own. Still, I concur that this isn't the primary sense of the phrase, despite McGraw's entry.
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I believe you need to understand most of the meanings to completely understand the phrase, rather than just any single one, which is difficult to do in Q. The feeling that I get from this phrase is more like I didn't have the heartlessness to tell him. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.
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