English version

not have the heart to do something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnot have the heart to do somethingnot have the heart to do somethingCAN'Tto be unable to do something because it will make someone unhappy I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her beautiful vase was broken. heart
Examples from the Corpus
not have the heart to do somethingI didn't have the heart to tell my daughter we couldn't keep the puppy.
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