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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 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 (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'.
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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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This section describes the lives of the fishermen (6) who harvest mangrove cockles from Mexico to Peru, but with particular emphasis on villages around the Golfo de Fonseca (El Salvador and Honduras) surveyed in April, June, and September, 2000, and January, 2001 after the fisheries in the other countries had been studied.
Three other men charged with taking cockles and doing so using a rake failed to turn up and the cases against them were proved in their absence.
RISKS: The Middleton Basin area of Hartlepool's coastline, above and right, where gangs have been collecting cockles, and a Gazette front page story from July last year, left when the health alert was first sounded.
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.
But we are worried that Spain won't come back to us if we can't supply them any cockles at all this summer.
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).
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.