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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.
See also: cockle, heart, of

sit (up)on hot cockles

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

warm the cockles of (one's) heart

To cause one to feel happy. The "cockles of one's heart" are the deepest part of oneself. Thank you so much—your kind words really warmed the cockles of my heart.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm

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 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

warm the cockles of your heart

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy and contented. With its positive message and charming characters, this is a film to warm the cockles of your heart. In the dull grey setting, the sunny yellow colour of the house warmed the cockles of my heart. Note: Cockles are a type of shellfish. They are associated with the heart because they have a similar shape. The zoological name for cockles is `Cardium', which comes from the Greek word for `heart'.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm

warm the cockles of someone's heart

give someone a comforting feeling of pleasure or contentment.
This phrase perhaps arose as a result of the resemblance in shape between a heart and a cockleshell.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm

warm the ˈcockles (of somebody’s ˈheart)

(British English) make somebody feel happy or sympathetic: Ah! It warms the cockles of my heart to see the children so happy.
See also: cockle, warm

cockles of (one's) heart

One's innermost feelings: The valentine warmed the cockles of my heart.
See also: cockle, heart, of
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The amount of cockles over-cropped was 624kg more than the daily limit of 400kg.
Mr Davies believes the situation is so serious the Gower cockle industry could end in 10 years.
5 SOME 10 species of cockles live in the coastal waters of Britain.
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 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.
It's a race to see who can get out and rake up their version of gold - cockles - every day.
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.
This paper reviews the literature on mangrove cockle fisheries in Nicaragua and Colombia and the ecology and biology of the cockles, and it presents the results of my recent surveys of the cockle fisheries and my biological notes in the remaining cockle-producing countries: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Pica, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru.
However, as some of the cockle beds are very dense in places NRW is concerned that larger cockles could be pushed to the surface and start to dieoff.
The "Save the Gower Cockle campaign" was started at Penclawdd at the weekend by MP Byron Davies.
GANGS of migrants are continuing to pose a serious risk to the public's health by illegal cockle picking on Teesside.