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to heart’s content


  • to gain full satisfaction
  • when the limit is up to the requirement of the other person
  • the extent to which the person feels satisfied, this feeling comes from within the person instead of anything external
  • the satisfaction is usually resultant of quantity rather than quality when this phrase is being used but that is not a rule

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  1. The man ate food at the buffet to his heart’s content. He seemed really happy as he left for home.
  2. I used to keep giving him a piece of my mind regularly which he would not pay much heed to, so today I yelled at him to my heart’s content.
  3. She does not understand any advice that I give. She always ends up shopping to her heart’s content.
  4. I can get the gifts to my heart’s content but I really want him to like them.
  5. She kept buying jewellery to her heart’s content but her joy only lasted until her mother saw the bills.
  6. They young children played in the rain to their heart’s content.


In psychological terms and matter of speaking, to satisfy the heart of a person is among the most difficult things. Hence the phrase refers to the point where a person’s heart is satisfied.


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Posted byu/[deleted] 2 years ago

'Eat TO your heart's content' vs. 'eat TILL your heart's content'?


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5 points · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

overwhelmingly to

Were you thinking it's short for "till your heart is content"? That would make sense but it's not that. content is actually a noun here, maybe an archaic usage preserved in this idiom. It really means "to the content of your heart".

Her sight did ravish; but her grace in speech,
Her words y-clad with wisdom's majesty,
Makes me from wondering fall to weeping joys;
Such is the fullness of my heart's content.

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3 points · 2 years ago

To. But kudos for spelling "till" correctly.

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4 points · 2 years ago

To. It's a possessive, not a contraction.

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2 points · 2 years ago

Agree with /u/Epistaxis 's excellent analysis, but a search through Google News and Google Books shows that you're not alone in your uncertainly: some speakers have indeed reanalyzed the phrase as "till your [heart is] content". That makes sense: the till version is at least logical.

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to your heart’s content

If you do something to your heart’s content , you do something enjoyable for as long as you want to do it:

You’ve got a whole week to yourself and you can read to your heart’s content .

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  • annoy, frighten, scare, etc. the hell out of sb idiom

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