One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stern or cruel nature.
- ‘‘You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by what the victims said today,’ he said.’
- ‘The complex network of mediaeval-style guilds who control British medicine are hurt by this in so many ways that, in the words of Oscar Wilde, ‘it would take a heart of stone not be amused’.’
- ‘In another sort of movie their love would hit the rocks, but in the end everything would come right - and you'd need a heart of stone not to be rooting for it to come right - because these people are made for each other.’
- ‘Isn't it common knowledge that those having a heart of stone and tending to be self-centred are often blessed with a better life than those given to compassion and compliance with the morality and ethics?’
- ‘You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh, wouldn't you?’
- ‘You would need to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the news of the little boy from Down who was washed away as his mate tried to save him.’
- ‘Whatever your cynical prejudices, you would need a heart of stone to look at the childhood letters and family photos without feeling some sneaking sense of pathos.’
- ‘Only a man with a heart of stone could read ‘We celebrate our oneness with Akron, Summit County and beyond’ without laughing till his breath failed him.’
- ‘Unless you're an absolutely minimalist modernist with a heart of stone, sooner or later you'll probably be tempted to add a daub of colour to your garden with some artfully positioned annuals.’
- ‘You would have to have a heart of stone not to be weeping with laughter at that line.’
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