cockles of (one's) heart

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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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cockles of (one's) heart

One's innermost feelings: The valentine warmed the cockles of my heart.
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The sight of such a wonderful bird warmed the cockles of my heart on such a cold day.
KAI TIAKI Nursing New Zealand is always a good read, but last month's issue really warmed the cockles of my heart.
The day progresses to warm the cockles of my heart and I'm ready to hop across the town.
And just seeing the animals against a backdrop of urban bricks warmed the cockles of my heart.
We weren't used to drinking and the alcohol warmed the cockles of my heart - I'll never forget that feeling.
THE amazing Jackanory of the Chilean miners' rescue warmed the cockles of my heart and, I'm sure, yours.
The cockles of my heart were warmed when we met up with them and both yelled out "uncle Adam" and broke into a running toddle to greet me with open arms.
Similarly, the cockles of my heart were warmed by Stuart Tinner, the rugby fan who won pounds 250,000 for drop kicking a ball against the bar from 30 metres in his socks at the Saracens game.
This is why it warms the cockles of my heart when I read the reports from my old university Newcastle and, in this case, of organic milk ( Glasgow.
It warms the cockles of my heart to think that people have pounds 500,000 left when their brood eventually leaves home.
Finally, Gordon warms the cockles of my heart on the last page of this remarkable volume by writing, "For those who pursue trophy bucks for the right reasons, the attraction lies at least as much in the journey as in the destination.