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cockles of (one's) heart

The deepest part of oneself. Often used in the phrase "warmed the cockles of (one's) heart." Thank you so much—your kind words really warmed the cockles of my heart.
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sit upon hot cockles

To be impatient. Quit sitting on hot cockles—you'll get your birthday present soon enough.
See also: cockle, hot, sit, upon

warm the cockles of someone's heart

Fig. to make someone feel warm and happy. It warms the cockles of my heart to hear you say that. Hearing that old song again warmed the cockles of her heart.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm

warm the cockles of your heart

if something you see or hear warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy because it shows that people can be good and kind It's an old-fashioned romance that will warm the cockles of your heart.
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warm the cockles of one's heart

Gratify one, make one feel good, as in It warms the cockles of my heart to see them getting along so well. This expression uses a corruption of the Latin name for the heart's ventricles, cochleae cordis. [Second half of 1600s]
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cockles of (one's) heart

One's innermost feelings: The valentine warmed the cockles of my heart.
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He said: "Regulations came into force several years ago in a bid to prevent gangs taking the cockles; 50 of us were taken on as sustainable fishermen and we have been handgathering the cockles since and gather 5,000 tonnes of cockles annually.
6 THEY are high in zinc and a 100g portion of boiled cockles contains 53 calories.
About the bylaw THE new cockle management bylaw is part of the Marine and Coastal Access Act.
THE Dee Estuary is a "well-managed" area for fishing cockles according to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Tens of thousands of pounds worth of cockles are being poached on rich beds but locals say no action is being taken against the gangs.
As recently as 2007, the Dee Estuary was closed to all fishing following a severe decline in cockle populations across the fishery.
The local cockle pickers either did not go out at all or went out for a short time.
The battle for the lucrative cockles, which can fetch as much as pounds 1,000-a-tonne, resulted in more than 140 cocklers being stranded four miles off the coast of Cumbria on Saturday.
In other words, they could introduce one if cockles were in danger, but not if people's lives are.
Last year the Agency tried to reduce the impact of the closure of cockle beds on fishermen, while still protecting public health, by dividing up fishing areas into zones and lifting the ban on those zones where further tests proved negative.
I was very careful when we designed the show that I made it nonspecific in terms of countries because I wanted kids all around the world to be able to relate to Bob,'' Cockle said.
A lengthy description of them is included so government managers can accurately predict the consequences to the fishing communities of any proposed changes in policies regarding the cockle and the mangrove resources.
Solicitor Dafydd Roberts, prosecuting for Natural Resources Wales, said that the estuary was currently closed to cockle fishing because of depleted stocks.
GANGS of migrants are continuing to pose a serious risk to the public's health by illegal cockle picking on Teesside.