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Re: Hands on heart

Posted by ESC on May 14, 2007

In Reply to: Hands on heart posted by M. Shahriar Hussain on May 14, 2007

: On the US led invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair says in his resignation speech "Hands on Heart" I did what I thought was right. Now I want to understand the meaning of the phrase "Hands on Heart".

I don't have a short answer. Except (see link to archives) the heart is thought to be the seat of thought and emotions. And people put their hand on their hearts when making a promise or pledge. Or when they are swearing that they are telling the truth -- cross my heart and hope to die if I'm lying. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/19/messages/612.html