Meaning of “strike at the heart of sth” in the English Dictionary

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"strike at the heart of sth" in British English

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strike at the heart of sth

to damage something severely by attacking the most important part of it:

By its nature, terrorism is designed to strike at the heart of our democratic values.

(Definition of “strike at the heart of sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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