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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A story in the Mirror on Thursday warmed the cockles of my heart. Seventeen-year-old Hannah Fraser was pulled out of GCSE exam at the last minute by her dad and taken to hospital where she was told she had cancer.
While members of the Establishment in the plush section of the Stadium, including "Prince" William, almost choked on their pre-match Chardonnays, this quintessentially Liverpudlian defiance of the "high and mighty" warmed the cockles of my heart. Typically, the capitalist press and media have chosen to turn a deaf ear to the fans' noisy demonstration of displeasure.
John Taffin's "Marlin Memories" in the March Campfire Tales warmed the cockles of my heart and set off a bunch of memories of my own.
The sight of such a wonderful bird warmed the cockles of my heart on such a cold day.
KAI TIAKI Nursing New Zealand is always a good read, but last month's issue really warmed the cockles of my heart. It had a bit of everything.
The day progresses to warm the cockles of my heart and I'm ready to hop across the town.
You've warmed the cockles of my heart. So thank you all, so very much.
And just seeing the animals against a backdrop of urban bricks warmed the cockles of my heart.
The cockles of my heart were warmed when we met up with them and both yelled out "uncle Adam" and broke into a running toddle to greet me with open arms.
Similarly, the cockles of my heart were warmed by Stuart Tinner, the rugby fan who won pounds 250,000 for drop kicking a ball against the bar from 30 metres in his socks at the Saracens game.
It warms the cockles of my heart to think that people have pounds 500,000 left when their brood eventually leaves home.
It warms the cockles of my heart!" exclaims cinema booker Roberto Bayon, commenting" on two foreign-lingo art films--"The Downfall" and "The Chorus"--making Spain's top 10 over March 4-6.
Jude Law in something new would warm the cockles of my heart, for a Caine-copy I'm barely lukewarm.
c "It warms the cockles of my heart," old the 26-year-o said.