Definition of close (or dear) to (or near) one's heart in US English:

close (or dear) to (or near) one's heart

phrase

  • Of deep interest and concern to one.

    • ‘Yet in all his pursuits, he kept the people's interest close to his heart and raised voice in the legislature as well as outside.’
    • ‘The land was close to his heart as were the people who were rooted in the soil and the psyche of the rural heartlands.’
    • ‘The site was particularly close to his heart, as it was while fishing and swimming in the Wandle area that he developed his environmental enthusiasm.’
    • ‘There's a small… shrine… I suppose, to a few precious items that are dear to my heart.’
    • ‘It's rather that the issue is so near and dear to my heart that I've been mulling what I think and considering the pros and cons of Peter's argument.’
    • ‘I probably shouldn't be describing anything by founding fathers of punk as a darling perfect little gem of a song you just want to keep close to your heart and love and cherish forever, but it really just is.’
    • ‘I do not know when and why a particular place becomes dear to one's heart.’
    • ‘Of all Joe's stories to date, this series has been particularly dear to my heart, and these two new episodes are among his very best.’
    • ‘However, this was particularly close to my heart.’
    • ‘He took a keen interest in current affairs and never shirked a challenge when it came to debating things of political interest that were close to his heart.’
    favourite, favoured, cherished, prized, dear to one's heart, preferred, particular, special, chosen, personal, treasured, precious
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