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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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In 1996 Woodson branched into adult fiction with Autobiography of a Family Photo, bringing spare, piercingly poetic prose to a coming-of-age story of a young girl searching for herself through the haze of her dysfunctional family.
(Or, as Lewis Lapham wrote recently on the occasion of the re-publication of McLuhan's most influential work: "Understanding Media describes the world I see and know.") More to the point, his understanding of television as an extension of the human nervous system is not only piercingly insightful, it begs the entire issue of the alleged passivity of watching TV.
In many instances, Tabbi's insights are novel, piercingly accurate, and gratifyingly broad.
It is an idea writers love to extol, and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, in a newly translated book, says it better than anyone: "Nadya Romanova's only real possession, her last refuge, as she herself realised full well," was "stories." But Petrushevskaya is too insightful (and too piercingly cruel) to embrace the postmodernist cliche that life is just a collection of narratives.
We come across a group of women in black, shouting raucously and screaming piercingly. Some of them are amusing to watch with their exaggerated but comic gestures and grating talk.
While he quickly debunks George Bush's self-projected environmental image, Shabecoff does not discuss Bush's presidency as piercingly as he does Reagan's.
Left behind was a vast, arid, high-elevation basin, with deep canyons and steep, north/south-trending mountain ranges, piercingly cold in winter and blisteringly hot in summer.
The portfolio investment in the equity markets came down piercingly by 5-time to outflow of $346.3 million as against with inflows of $86 million.
In 1937, George Orwell wrote piercingly in the Road To Wigan Pier about the vogue for arguing about how to make the poor eat more healthily.
Frida, like her Diego, was a force of nature, and here in this residence turned into a shrine, one understands how this haven of tranquility and with a supportive family allowed her to surmount her physical disability and metamorphose into a piercingly radiant artist.
for the South, for class details" (New York Times) that many reviewers find piercingly funny, others believe Zink only shallowly treats those topics.
It's the piercingly funny sendup that the "tech-bro" elite has had coming for too long, but Isaac is too nuanced a performer to leave it there, never neglecting the petulant brilliance that finally makes this designer Dr.
She speaks in a hyper-caffeinated pastiche of received language and piercingly vivid detail; she's obviously brilliant, but she is also a creature of this world, the world of status updates and marketing-speak.
No longer can Outnumbered rely on the innocent yet piercingly astute probing of Karen's steel trap mind, or Ben's excursions into wild fantasy.
The twelve short stories in Kate Milliken's If I'd Known You Were Coming are stark, beautiful, and piercingly true.