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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 (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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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'.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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
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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.

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).
See also: cockle, of, to, warm
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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However, in 2014 eight illegal cocklers - those without a licence - were prosecuted for cockling at night.
This latest move follows incidents of illegal sales on Teesside and the Morecambe Bay disaster in 2004, when 21 cockle pickers drowned while commercial cockling.
Agency officers seized a trailer and cockling equipment, as well as two large sacks containing about 100kg of cockles worth about pounds 200, which were put back into the estuary.
At the car park, off Leasowe Road, a sign on a noticeboard warns people about the dangers of cockling.
Mr Roberts told Flintshire magistrates' court at Mold that, in October of last year, four men were seen cockling in the estuary near Greenfield.
He also slammed officials from Natural Resources Wales saying he believes that they are not doing enough to tackle illegal cockling.
"We have removed the minimum landing size to allow cockling to take place at an earlier stage this year, while introducing a maximum takeable size to protect the valuable older cockles that we need to protect, which will help form the future spawning stock."
Leasowe Cllr Ian Lewis said: "Leasowe is not suitable for this scale of commercial cockling.
EVA ZHAO - real name Zhao Xiao Qing - lived the good life off the proceeds of her boyfriend's illegal cockling gangs.
Between 1993 and 2007 the cockle beds were closed more often than they were open, with eight out of the fifteen seasons unable to support any cockling.
The full details of this situation have yet to emerge, but there are chilling similarities with the cockling tragedy of Morecambe Bay in 2004.
His family has been involved in the cockling business since the 1860s and he was destined to follow in their footsteps.
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.