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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Glenys Dunworth, West Wickham Heart-warming stuff Monet's Garden - what a way to warm the cockles of one's heart on a crisp autumn afternoon.
There's nothing that can warm the cockles of one's heart on a Sunday evening like watching an ageing former Brat Packer eviscerate a rogue Russian government agent to secure a half-digested Sim card from his stomach.
Alan, from Cramlington, wrote: "I've just come in from a very cold outdoors, and what a lovely photograph taken by Andy Commins to warm the cockles of one's heart.
Dymphna has already got the Oxford English Dictionary to credit the Irish for the expression about warming the cockles of one's heart.
Watching the England cricket team being decimated after all the hype warms the cockles of one's heart.