There are 2 main definitions of heart to heart in English:

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heart to heart 1

Candidly, intimately.
Example sentences
  • But what I think he really wants me to know is that he's not selling the family silver without having had a good, long, hard, heart to heart with his conscience about it, and that I shouldn't think that he's a bad person by doing so.
  • They had a heart to heart and told each other a lot of home truths.
  • We had a bit of a heart to heart, so to speak, with the players on Tuesday night at training.
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There are 2 main definitions of heart to heart in English:

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heart-to-heart 2

Pronunciation: /ˌhɑːttəˈhɑːt/


(Of a conversation) candid, intimate, and personal: a heart-to-heart chat
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  • In fact, we need heart-to-heart dialogues between friends, between teachers and students, between husbands and wives, between parents and children.
  • He used to drive his children to school in order to get a chance to have heart-to-heart discussions with them.
  • The happy and complacent resolution to the potentially tragic events, brought about apparently by a couple of five-minute heart-to-heart conversations, should satisfy no one.
intimate, candid, frank, open, unreserved, personal, honest, truthful, sincere, man-to-man, woman-to-woman


A candid and intimate conversation.
Example sentences
  • Over the years, there have been dances in the dining room, countless heart-to-hearts on the porch, weekends when 20 stayed over, some they even knew.
  • I'm not saying you can't have honest heart-to-hearts.
  • The rest is just a series of semi-connected, extremely well acted, half-finished arguments and incomplete heart-to-hearts.
private conversation, private word, cosy chat, tête-à-tête, one-on-one, one-to-one, head-to-head, conversation, chat, talk, word
informal confab, chit-chat, chinwag
British informal natter
Australian informal convo

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