Definition of one's heart sinks in English:

one's heart sinks


  • Used to express a feeling of sudden sadness or dismay.

    ‘her heart sank as she thought of Craig’
    • ‘Each year there are things that you feel great about and then at other times your heart sinks.’
    • ‘For the first half of the set I wasn't that moved by the band and I have to confess my heart sank when the acoustic guitar put in an appearance for a couple of the distinctly whimsical nostalgic songs.’
    • ‘When this became apparent to Tom (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) my heart sank at the look of confusion and panic that clouded his face.’
    • ‘Anyway, personally my heart sinks when people notice that first rather than the richness of the character interaction, but whatever.’
    • ‘‘We've lost email and Internet access,’ came the call and my heart sank as I recalled the pointless forty-eight hours from a week or two back.’
    • ‘Laura was having a great time, but then all of a sudden, her heart sank.’
    • ‘Of course, as the morning developed, my heart sank.’
    • ‘When you hear news like that your heart sinks to the bottom of your stomach.’
    • ‘I avidly scanned the newspaper to see if there was a special hotline number, when my heart sank as I read the ending paragraphs, ‘Under new legislation which comes into force next year’.’
    • ‘Although first impressions were favourable - the refit is a beautiful job - I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw the menu, which was heavy on basics such as steaks and cutlets, and even offered burgers.’