hearts and minds people as represented by their emotions and intellect; originally with biblical allusion to Philippians 4:7, ‘And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
The term is now used to denote emotional or intellectual support or commitment. In the 20th century the phrase was used particularly in the context of public opposition to the Vietnam War.
See also heart, Queen of Hearts at queen.
hearts, card game played by three to six players with an ordinary deck. All the cards are dealt to the players. After a card is led, each hand must follow suit if possible. The object is to avoid accumulating points by taking tricks that contain cards of the heart suit. In black lady, a popular variation of hearts, the queen of spades is to be equally avoided. Although its origins are unknown, it first gained popularity in England in the 1890s.