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.
See also: cockle, heart, of
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Or did President Duterte care at all what the Chinese were talking about - because he already knows from the cockles of his heart that the Chinese will always be generous to us and never betray us?