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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It was time for a heart-to-heart with my daughter.
▪ But he's also honest, which means that during a heart-to-heart, your heart might get hurt.
  1. adj. openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"; "a heart-to-heart talk" [syn: candid, open]

  2. n. an intimate talk in private; "he took me aside for a little heart-to-heart"

Usage examples of "heart-to-heart".

This manful confession fails to impress Agnes, who has pushed her plates out of her way, and now leans on the tablecloth, the better to continue her heart-to-heart with Henry.

Later he told William that they would all be frosted, and they had a very comfortable heart-to-heart talk about the interferingness of women.

Now Kapor took it upon himself to drop in on Barlow for a heart-to-heart talk about the situation.

How terrible it was to have those easy phrases, trotted out so often in the course of gossip, or heart-to-hearts, or in magazine articles, or even court cases, become so real.

After she read it, we went out to dinner (by unspoken agreement, we chose a restaurant with no liquor license) and had a long heart-to-heart talk.

Once she'd put the phone down on him the previous night she'd regretted her skittish way with him, and after a heart-to-heart with Marlin in which she'd told him she wanted to go back to England, and he'd replied that it would all seem different in the morning and why didn't she just take a pill and lie down, she'd decided to call him back.