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(your) heart isn't in it

Meaning: If your heart isn't in something you're doing, you don't really want to do it.

For example:

  • Ali was studying to be a doctor, but his heart wasn't in it so he decided to follow his real dream and study film-making instead.

  • We could tell that Sally's heart wasn't in it when she tried singing jazz, so we said she should stick to pop songs.

Quick Quiz:

She's doing the photo shoot to promote her book, but her heart isn't in it. She looks
  1. quite happy
  2. really bored
  3. very funny

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