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Heart of glass
When someone has a heart of glass, they are easily affected emotionally.
Heart of steel
When someone has a heart of steel, they do not show emotion or are not affected emotionally.
A heart-to-heart is a frank and honest conversation with someone, where you talk honestly and plainly about issues, no matter how painful.
Hide nor hair
When there's no trace of something or a person, you haven't seen hide nor hair of it or them.('Neither hide nor hair' is also used.)
Hit a nerve
If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.
Hold your hands up
(UK) If you hold your hands up, you accept responsibility for something you have done wrong.
Hold your tongue
If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.
Hollow leg
Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
Home is where you lay your hat
Wherever you are comfortable and at ease with yourself is your home, regardless where you were born or brought up.('Home is where you lay your head'  and 'Home is where you hang your hat' are also used.)
Hot foot
If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
Someone who is hot-blooded is easily excitable or passionate.
A hot-headed person gets angry very easily. (The noun 'hothead' can also be used.)
I've got a bone to pick with you
If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
In a heartbeat
If something happens very quickly or immediately, it happens in a heartbeat.
In cold blood
If something is done in cold blood, it is done ruthlessly, without any emotion.
In one ear and out the other
If something goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you've heard it because it was too complicated, boring etc.
In over your head
If someone is in over their head, they are out of the depth in something they are involved in, and may end up in a mess.
In that vein
If you do something in that (or this) vein, you do it in the same distinctive manner or style.
In the face of
If people act in the face of something, they do it despite it or when threatened by it.
In the flesh
If you meet or see someone in the flesh you actually meet or see them, rather than seeing them on TV or in other media.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
In the lap of luxury
People in the lap of luxury are very wealthy and have have everything that money can buy.
In the twinkling of an eye
If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
In your blood
A trait or liking that is deeply ingrained in someone's personality and unlikely to change is in their blood.  A similar idiom is 'in his DNA.'
In your face
If someone is in your face, they are direct and confrontational. (It is sometime written 'in yer face'colloquially)
Iron fist
Someone who rules or controls something with an iron fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. An iron fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Mailed fist' is an alternative form.
It cost an arm and a leg
If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
Itchy feet
One gets itchy feet when one has been in one place for a time and wants to travel.
Joined at the hip
If people are joined at the hip, they are very closely connected and think the same way.
Jump down someone's throat
If you jump down someone's throat, you criticise or chastise them severely.
Jump in feet first
If you jump in feet first, you approach a task or activity with little to no hesitation. When you jump into a swimming pool,  there's no going back once your feet leave the ground- you will enter the water. When you jump in feet first with a new activity or task or requirement, you give it your best, knowing there is no going back.
Keep a straight face
If you keep a straight face,  look serious and do not laugh even though you want to.
Keep an eye out
If you keeep an eye out for something, you are watching carefully to see if it happens.
Keep body and soul together
If you earn enough to cover your basic expenses, but nothing more than that, you earn enough to keep body and soul together.
Keep someone at arm's length
If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.
Keep someone on their toes
If you keep someone on their toes, you make sure that they concentrate on what they are supposed to do.
Keep your chin up
(UK) This expression is used to tell someone to have confidence.
Keep your ear to the ground
If you keep your ear to the ground, you try to keep informed about something, especially if there are rumours or uncertainties.
Keep your eye on the prize
This means that you should keep your focus on achieving a positive end result.
Keep your eyes peeled
If you keep your eyes peeled, you stay alert or watchful.
Keep your fingers crossed
If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome.
Keep your hair on
Keep your hair on is advice telling someone to keep calm and not to over-react or get angry.
Keep your head
If you keep your head, you stay calm in times of difficulty.
Keep your head above water
If you are just managing to survive financially, you are keeping your head above water.
Keep your nose clean
If someone is trying to keep their Nose Clean, they are trying to stay out of trouble by not getting involved in any sort of wrong-doing.
Keep your nose to the grindstone
If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you work hard and seriously.
Kick in the teeth
Bad news or a sudden disappointment are a kick in the teeth.
Knee-jerk reaction
A knee-jerk reaction is an instant, instinctive response to a situation.
Knit your brows
If you knit your brows, you frown or look worried.
Knock something on the head
If you knock something on the head, you stop it or stop doing it.

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