Ответ в теме: English idioms

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at heart — in one’s heart; in one’s heart of hearts; in one’s secret heart; in one’s inmost self
1. “The trouble with you, Bill,” said Nan, “is that for all your noisy Labour Party views you’re a snob at heart.” (I. Murdoch)
2. He went home, uneasy and sore at heart, for this concerned two people of whom he was very fond, and he could see no issue that was not full of suffering to both. (J. Galsworthy)
3. Short of the most convincing proofs he must still refuse to believe for he did not wish to punish himself. And all the time at heart — he did believe. (J. Galsworthy)