What does the sentence "Don´t you dare play the strings of my heart" mean?? I want to say something like: "do not try to provoke any emotions".

Can I use the sentence above to express this meaning??

Hope you can help me. I´m looking forward to your comments.

Love from Germany


It means not to mess around with the feelings of a vulnerable person or take that person's feelings lightly. Often used in the romantic sense.

Yes you can, but it's better to say:

Don't you dare play with my heart strings.


Don't you dare play with the strings of my heart.


heart-strings (n.) etymonline.com

also heartstrings, late 15c., in old anatomy, "the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;" from heart (n.) + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense "strongest affections, most intense feelings" is from 1590s.

Yes you can use it as such ... but @aesking provided better AmE grammatical structure in an answer to this post.

the idiom goes as follows: tear/tug/pull at/on (one's)/the heartstrings Thefreedictionary.com

To elicit strong feelings of sympathy or fondness.


Play with the person's emotions. It's used in romantic relationships, or where deep emotion is evoked.

  • So it is okay to use "strings of my heart" instead of "heart strings"?? – LINI Jun 25 '18 at 19:15

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