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English definition of “bleeding heart”

bleeding heart

noun [U]  /ˈbli·dɪŋ ˈhɑrt/
disapproving someone who is too sympathetic about people in need: He is not a typical bleeding heart, which makes his support for child care so important.
(Definition of bleeding heart noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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