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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Amalia Ivanovna was foreseeing something amiss, and at the same time deeply wounded by Katerina Ivanovna's haughtiness, and to restore the good-humour of the company and raise herself in their esteem she began, apropos of nothing, telling a story about an acquaintance of hers "Karl from the chemist's," who was driving one night in a cab, and that "the cabman wanted him to kill, and Karl very much begged him not to kill, and wept and clasped hands, and frightened and from fear pierced his heart.
He hit him but once, but as he had foretold, that hit was a mortal one; the sword pierced his heart.
Scarcely had he caught a glimpse of the hunter, when he bounded through the air; but he had not touched the ground ere a bullet pierced his heart, and he fell to the earth dead.
Never fear, King Charles," said Mordaunt, "the bullet pierced his heart.
The bullet pierced his heart, killing Perlas, who was serving as municipal health officer of Sapad in the same province.
It pierced his heart, but he is still alive - he lost loads of blood.
One of the wounds pierced his heart and another cut into a major blood vessel.
The most unlikely course is the Kingsboro Golf Club in New York, the last and tenth on the list, where a 16-year-old golfer was killed in 1994 after a shaft from a golf club, which he had thrown at a bench in frustration, bounced back and pierced his heart, killing him.
One of the thugs pierced his heart and he bled to death in the house.
A post-mortem examination conducted at Westminster Mortuary determined that Mr Diarrassouba, from Mitcham, south west London, died from a single stab wound which pierced his heart.
After a post-mortem examination, police said that Mr Diarrassouba - also known by the nickname "Nutz" - died from a single stab wound which pierced his heart.
He had a 17-inch spread, and an 8-inch G2, I guess all that practice and patience paid off, because we also discovered that my arrow had pierced his heart.
Talented Birmingham University law student Alistair Zorko was fatally injured when a single knife wound pierced his heart and lungs but the exact details of the tragedy were not disclosed even at an inquest into his death.
Weddle was high on a cocktail of drink, Temazepam and lighter fuel when he beat dad-of-two Bill Forth with fence railings then fatally pierced his heart with a blade, in one of the North East's most notorious and horrific murders, 16 years ago.
Nelson's autopsy revealed that he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, which pierced his heart.