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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 through

To penetrate, perforate, or cut through someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pierce" and "through." Rays of sunlight pierced through the clouds. The metal beam that had been hurled by the tornado pierced the building clean through. The bullet didn't hit any organs when it pierced through him.
See also: pierce, through

pierce through something

to poke through something; to penetrate something. He pierced through the meat with a fork and then put it in a spicy marinade. Mary pierced the yarn through with the knitting needles.
See also: pierce, through

pierce someone's heart

affect someone keenly or deeply.
See also: heart, pierce
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Though widely used in malls, parts of the guns can't be sterilized, warns Weber of the Association of Professional Piercers.
Earnings will depend upon personal talent and ability, the reputation of the studio or parlour and, if self-employed, the ability of the body piercer to promote their business.
The piercer should wear new, disposable gloves for each piercing because there are risks such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and tetanus.
The leaflet also warns about the health risks and other dangers of using unregistered 'back street' tattooists and piercers.
The can and bottle piercer is adjustable for use with cans and bottles up to 330mm high and can be used on metal, PVC and glass containers.
To avoid this, you must make sure to choose a piercer who uses sterilized equipment or "one-use" needles.
The first of his challenging new roles will be the lead in the movie Body Piercer.
Sur la Table executive vice president Renee Behnke said her buying team came to Europe on a quest for some very specific kitchen tools, finding a chestnut piercer, spaetzle maker and egg coddler.
Tenders invited for Repair of piercer main ram as perenclosed drawing and annexure.
He had a mattress in the back of his van, always had the same pair of pants with 20 patches on it and only had three shirts," Contactmusic quoted friend Samantha Robles, who works as a body piercer at Chimera Tattoo Studio, as telling Australian magazine New Idea.
Catherine, of Bethesda, who works as a body piercer at Prestatyn, has been trying to raise pounds 500 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
It's not for the squeamish, but according to piercer and tattooist Marc Fleming, it's actually far less daunting than it looks.
She is a trained body piercer and eventually wants to be a writer.