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English definition of “heart-searching”

heart-searching

noun [U]     /ˈhɑːtˌsɜː.tʃɪŋ/ US  /ˈhɑːrtˌsɝː-/
the act of thinking very seriously about your feelings , usually before making an important decision : After a lot of heart-searching, we decided to split up.Thinking and contemplating
(Definition of heart-searching noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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