What does eat your heart out mean?


Idiom Meaning:

drawing attention to something unattainable


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


The Facts of Life “Read No Evil” (1982)

Time of Scene: n/a

Joanne ‘Jo’ Polniaczek: Hey where’d you get the newsletter?

Edna Garrett: Mrs. Schuster gave it to me. Oh girls it’s so good to know there are more important things in your life than just ‘oh Richard, Richard, Richard’.

Natalie Green: How did you know it was us?

Edna Garrett: Your style is unmistakable, Natalie.

Natalie Green: Yeah. Buffy Klein, eat your heart out.

Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey: We had to do something.

Joanne ‘Jo’ Polniaczek: Yeah, we figured the parents had to know what was going on up here.

Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey: So, we printed up a list of the banned books and Nat’s editorial.

Natalie Green: Signed your ex-editor.

Joanne ‘Jo’ Polniaczek: And mailed copies to all the Eastland parents.

Dorothy ‘Tootie’ Ramsey: Wait till Mr. Parker gets the Xerox bills.

Natalie Green: And we put each of the letters in an envelope marked: Notice of Expulsion, so they’d be sure and be opened.


Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)

Time of Scene: 00:44:00

Ray Hicks: When I tell you the story of my life you’ll eat your heart out.

Marge Converse: How did you turn out?

Ray Hicks: Well, your husband once told somebody I was a psychopath.

Marge Converse: That’s the kind of thing he’d say.

Ray Hicks: Do you think he could be right?

Marge Converse: It’s a very imprecise term.


Grease (1978)

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Danny: You’re looking good, Riz.

Rizzo: Eat your heart out.

Danny: But sloppy seconds ain’t my style.

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