set one's heart on

want very much

I set my heart on a nice holiday this winter but I won't be able to go because I have no money.

implies to long for rather than to intend; to have at all costs

Well, it's a mess. She's set her heart upon their boy. (J. Galsworthy)

Once let her make up her mind, get her heart set on smth, and you might as well howl at the moon. (D. Cusack)

"Why do you look so sick? Did you have your heart set on something? Tell me what it is," he urged. (M. Wilson)

The boy has set his heart on becoming an engineer.(Arakin 4, 110)


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  • set one's heart on — WANT DESPERATELY, wish for, desire, long for, yearn for, hanker after, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, burn for; informal be itching for, be dying for. → set * * * set one s heart on see under ↑heart • • • Main Entry: ↑set * * * set one s heart …   Useful english dictionary

  • set one's heart on — {v. phr.} To want very much. * /He set his heart on that bike./ also: To be very desirous of; hope very much to succeed in. Used with a verbal noun. * /He set his heart on winning the race./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set one's heart on — {v. phr.} To want very much. * /He set his heart on that bike./ also: To be very desirous of; hope very much to succeed in. Used with a verbal noun. * /He set his heart on winning the race./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set\ one's\ heart\ on — v. phr. To want very much. He set his heart on that bike. To be very desirous of; hope very much to succeed in. Used with a verbal noun. He set his heart on winning the race …   Словарь американских идиом

  • set one's heart on — phrasal resolve transitive verb 5 < she set her heart on going to medical school > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • set one's heart on — I think she s set her heart on the orange kitten Syn: want desperately, wish for, desire, long for, yearn for, hanker after, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, burn for; informal be itching for, be dying for …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • set one's heart on — desire something, yearn for something …   English contemporary dictionary

  • set one's heart (or hopes) on — have a strong desire for or to do. → set …   English new terms dictionary

  • set one's heart on, to wish for intensely; determine on. Also, have one's heart set on. — idi set one s heart on, to wish for intensely; determine on. Also, have one s heart set on …   From formal English to slang

  • set one's heart at rest — idi set one s heart at rest, to dismiss one s anxieties …   From formal English to slang

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