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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]
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm
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Glenys Dunworth, West Wickham Heart-warming stuff Monet's Garden - what a way to warm the cockles of one's heart on a crisp autumn afternoon.
There's nothing that can warm the cockles of one's heart on a Sunday evening like watching an ageing former Brat Packer eviscerate a rogue Russian government agent to secure a half-digested Sim card from his stomach.
Alan, from Cramlington, wrote: "I've just come in from a very cold outdoors, and what a lovely photograph taken by Andy Commins to warm the cockles of one's heart.
Dymphna has already got the Oxford English Dictionary to credit the Irish for the expression about warming the cockles of one's heart.
Watching the England cricket team being decimated after all the hype warms the cockles of one's heart.