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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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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'.
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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

warm the cockles of one's heart, to

To gratify; to make someone feel good. This term comes from the Latin for the heart’s ventricles, cochleas cordis, and has been used figuratively since the late seventeenth century. “This contrivance of his did inwardly rejoice the cockles of his heart,” wrote John Eachard (Observations upon the Answer to Contempt of Clergy, 1671).
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Not enough is being done to enforce or take action against illegal cockling.
Since the cockling beds were made a free-for-all, the area has resembled an industrial processing plant.
She was certainly willing to take the benefits of the cockling, living the good life.
Back in April, we revealed how the normally lucrative cockling season failed to yield a bumper harvest last year - with figures showing an estimated PS2.
While a speedy halt has been brought to cockling on Teesside, it's important that we get to the bottom of this situation.
But all the experience paid off and he now runs The Seafood Company Wales with Ashley Jones, of established cockling business, Selwyn's.
Environment Agency (EA) staff will make inspections through August before informing the 50 people with cockling licences whether they will be allowed to continue picking the tiny shellfish.
n Information on the dangers of cockling to be distributed by schools and youth groups.
A SURVEILLANCE operation by police and Natural Resources Wales has led to charges of illegal cockling against two men.
The Welsh Assembly Government, having considered the advice of the Countryside Council for Wales, agreed to the proposals which will allow cockling on a limited scale.
Mr Marland, whose other job is to maintain all the buoyancy aids on the Dee for the EA, said: "It means my name won't continue to be associated with cockling on the Dee once I go.
They want more patrols around the cockle beds and information on the dangers of cockling to be distributed by schools and youth groups.
The normally lucrative cockling season off Flint and Greenfield was worth just PS700,000 to the local economy in 2013, compared to PS3m the previous year.
FLINTSHIRE'S growing cockle industry got a boost yesterday as the Environment Agency Wales said it would issue three new apprentice licences for the 2010 cockling season on the Dee Estuary.
She has been involved in cockling since she was a teenager, is 50, but looks 35 and her skin naturally shines.