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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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As a consequence of Hurricane Mitch, some fishermen have found cockles so scarce in their local swamps that they move about in groups seeking more productive ones.
When cockle stocks were high, the beds would be cleared out in a matter of weeks by hundreds of cocklers, resulting in the beds being closed for several years.
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.
Cllr Glover said: "The cockle beds have been open since September 1 so the cocklers have had an exceptionally good picking time.
The estuary attracts a large number of birds, including oyster catchers and waders, every year and the cockles keep them going through the winter.
Cockle pickers, who met in Llanelli to discuss their fears on Friday night, believe pollution is to blame and want a public inquiry.
But cockles in parts of the Forth may be infected with bacteria dangerous to people.
You can denude the beaches of cockles, you can overfarm the cockle areas.
There are only so many cockles you can look at before boredom sets in.
The amount of cockles over-cropped was 624kg more than the daily limit of 400kg.
Cockle gathering, one of the oldest industries in Wales, is dying.
4 THERE are more than 250 different species of cockles around the world.
the "Commercial cockles have to be harvested from designated areas in the UK - none of which are at Teesside or Hartlepool.
THE Dee Estuary is a "well-managed" area for fishing cockles according to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).