at heart
phrasal in essence ; basically, essentially

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • At heart — Heart Heart (h[aum]rt), n. [OE. harte, herte, heorte, AS. heorte; akin to OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel. hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. ha[ i]rt[=o], Lith. szirdis, Russ. serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. kardi a, kh^r.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at heart — ► at heart in one s real nature, in contrast to how one may appear. Main Entry: ↑heart …   English terms dictionary

  • at heart — adverb in reality (Freq. 2) she is very kind at heart • Syn: ↑at bottom, ↑deep down, ↑inside, ↑in spite of appearance * * * DEEP DOWN, basically, fundamentally, essentially, in essence, intrinsically; really, actually …   Useful english dictionary

  • at heart — basically, fundamentally She is a very nice person at heart although many people dislike her. (from Idioms in Speech) in one s heart; in one s heart of hearts; in one s secret heart; in one s inmost self The trouble with you, Bill, said Nan, is… …   Idioms and examples

  • at heart — 1. in the most basic way. He was at heart a conservative man. 2. as what someone cares about the most. Your academic adviser should have your best interests at heart. I m an English teacher at heart but also a writer …   New idioms dictionary

  • at heart — {adv. phr.} 1. In spite of appearances; at bottom; in reality. * /His manners are rough but he is a kind man at heart./ 2. As a serious interest or concern; as an important aim or goal. * /He has the welfare of the poor at heart./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at heart — {adv. phr.} 1. In spite of appearances; at bottom; in reality. * /His manners are rough but he is a kind man at heart./ 2. As a serious interest or concern; as an important aim or goal. * /He has the welfare of the poor at heart./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ heart — adv. phr. 1. In spite of appearances; at bottom; in reality. His manners are rough but he is a kind man at heart. 2. As a serious interest or concern; as an important aim or goal. He has the welfare of the poor at heart …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at heart — adverb In spirit; according to ones beliefs, views or feelings; deep down, really, fundamentally Im a vegetarian at heart the thought of the death of animals for my food is abhorrent …   Wiktionary

  • at heart — with feeling for you, with you in mind    Believe me, she has your needs at heart. She cares about you …   English idioms

  • at heart — he s a good kid at heart Syn: deep down, basically, fundamentally, essentially, in essence, intrinsically; really, actually, truly, in fact; informal when you get right down to it …   Thesaurus of popular words

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