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1. One that causes sorrow, grief, or disappointment: "one young and chaste, the other a dissolute heartbreaker of 48; one prim, the other passionate" (Ellen McGarrahan).
2. Sports & Games A narrow or last-minute defeat.
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a person or thing that causes intense sadness or disappointment
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(ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kər)

a person, event, or thing causing heartbreak or intense longing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heartbreaker - a charming person who is irresponsible in emotional relationships
beguiler, charmer - a person who charms others (usually by personal attractiveness)
2.heartbreaker - a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
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References in classic literature ?
For the fact that it was this said thirty-first cousin, Mr d'Urberville, who had fallen in love with her, a gentleman not altogether local, whose reputation as a reckless gallant and heartbreaker was beginning to spread beyond the immediate boundaries of Trantridge, lent Tess's supposed position, by its fearsomeness, a far higher fascination that it would have exercised if unhazardous.
When she was gone the old heartbreaker muttered, rubbing his hands--
West Chicago Community High School's Dance Production show, "Heartbreakers," will be performed at 7 p.m.
"I like that one because it's so raw," Heartbreakers lead guitarist and Petty's frequent songwriting collaborator Campbell said, leaning back into a sofa and occasionally plucking the resonator guitar he'd picked up in his home recording studio in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday.
In a statement posted on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Facebook page on Friday, the singer's widow, Dana, and eldest daughter, Adria, told fans they had met with the Medical Examiner earlier in the day.
Among other stars to pay respects to the Heartbreakers frontman, Sheryl Crow said Petty's death signalled the "music has died".
Tony Dimitriades, manager of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, added in the statement that he died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.
Early hits with band the Heartbreakers include 'Breakdown' and 'American Girl,' followed radio staples 'Refugee' and 'Don't Do Me Like That.' SOUND BITE, DIRECTOR PETER BOGDONOVITCH: 'He's the epitome of cool.
The Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers frontman wasn't breathing when he was found on Sunday night.
The New York punk legend cut his teeth as Johnny Thunders' right-hand man in The Heartbreakers, so his set was understandably heavily weighted in favour of his old band.
After living in rock 'n' roll's fast lane with The Heartbreakers and his own band The Waldo's, Lure left that lifestyle behind for the more sedate world of Wall Street.
After living in rock 'n' roll's fast lane with The Heartbreakers and his own band The Waldo's, Lure left that cataclysmic lifestyle behind for the more sedate world of high finance on Wall Street.