Figures of Speech in English About The Heart

Learn These Idioms by Heart

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  1. I'm so sensitive, I wear my heart on my sleeve , but I also love very deeply.
  2. I love my lover sincerely, from the bottom of my heart.
  3. My lover is my heart.
  4. Why? My lover is so sympathetic and soft-hearted toward me.
  5. My lover is always ready to have a heart to heart with me.
  6. My lover has a big heart to be so caring and giving.
  7. In fact, my lover has a heart of gold to care so much about other people.
  8. To be cold-hearted, lacking in sympathy, is never my lover's way.
  9. Everything my lover says, I take to heart because the one who can hurt me the most would never do so.
  10. My lover teaches me to have a heart, to be compassionate toward others.
  11. I have my heart set on something, to have my lover's heart forever.
  12. I'm so nervous of losing my lover that I have my heart in my mouth.
  13. I pray, "Please don't break my heart."
  14. I would eat my heart out if my lover found another.
  15. I would cry my heart out to lose my lover, if my lover would ever have a change of heart about me.
  16. I cross my heart and hope to die that I will always have the heart of my lover.
  17. Only this will set my heart at rest.


The opposite of figurative is literal. The literal meanings of words are their dictionary meanings. Literal language is not symbolic the way figurative language is. The statement, "I have red tape for gift wrapping," uses the words red tape literally. The statement, "I can't believe how much red tape I must cut through every time I move to a different city," uses the words red tape figuratively.

Complete the following exercises to see how well you can identify figurative language, and how well you understand the difference between figurative and literal.


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Identify each expression as either figurative or literal:

1. A poor man sells his frying pan to buy something to cook in it. 

2. A man who fears suffering is already suffering what he fears. 

3. No answer is also an answer. 

4. Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from a friend's forehead. 

5. He who has burned his mouth, blows his soup. 

6. A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil may throw at a man. 

7. One can be honest with others only when one is honest with oneself. 

8. Too much planning can mean too little doing. 

9. Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork? 

10. Life may be just a bowl of cherries, but be sure not to swallow the pits. 

11. It's easier to seek forgiveness than ask for permission. 

12. The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. 

13. You can observe a lot just by watching. 

14. The best time to plant a tree was years ago. The second best time is today. 

15. Ripe fruit falls by itself--but it doesn't fall into your mouth. 

16. One dog barks at something--the rest bark at him. 

17. Rotten wood cannot be carved. 

18. He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. 

19. It takes little effort to watch a man carry a load. 

20. It is later than you think. 

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