pierce (one's) heart

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pierce (one's) heart

To impact one on a deep, emotionally meaningful level; to stir a strong emotion in one, especially sadness, pity, etc. When the lights came on, the room was silent, and you could tell the documentary had pierced everyone's heart. It pierced my heart seeing my father's new one-bedroom apartment, with its bare walls and random assortment of appliances and utensils.
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pierce someone's heart

affect someone keenly or deeply.
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The Origins Of Rage DON'T be cruel when choosing words, For some they linger far too long, And pierce hearts with ruthless rage, Where yesterday was friendly song.
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