Wear One's Heart On One's Sleeve Meaning
(idiomatic) To be very transparent, open, or forthright about one's emotions.
Example: 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, act 1, scene 1, line 64:
Iago: For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
1840, Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, lecture 6:
Such a man must have reticences in him. If he walk wearing his heart upon his sleeve for daws to peck at, his journey will not extend far!
1915, Gilbert Parker, The Money Master, ch. 18:
There was something very direct and childlike in Virginie Poucette. She could not pretend; she wore her heart on her sleeve.
2011, Calvin Harris, Feel So Close, song:
I feel so close to you right now, it's a force field. I wear my heart on my sleeve, like a big deal.