wear your heart on your sleeve

Meaning(s)

1. to make your feelings obvious, to show vulnerability, to reveal opinions

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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People always know when I'm upset, I wear my heart on my sleeve

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When you 'wear your heart on your sleeve' you are being open and vulnerable by being honest about your true feelings or emotions. This phrase was originally associated with romantic feelings but can be used to talk about being honest or frank in any situation. Wearing your heart on your sleeve may mean behaving in such a way so that your feelings are obvious or telling others directly how you feel about something or someone. This is an idiomatic expression used mainly in social contexts though there are many professional applications also.

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  1. He's not a very good poker player. You can always tell exactly what he's thinking - he always wears his heart on his sleeve.
  2. I know exactly what topic Jenna will choose for her Project, she always wears her heart on her sleeve. 

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  1. Gary is always vocal about making products affordable, because he didn't have a lot of money growing up - he really wears his heart on his sleeve.
  2. I knew that Tom wasn't happy about the result of the meeting. He just can't hide when he's dissatisfied - his heart is always on his sleeve.
  3. I'm sorry I got so emotional during the presentation. I guess I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve because I'm so passionate about the product.

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