tug at the heartstrings

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tear/tug/pull at/on (one's)/the heartstrings

To elicit strong feelings of sympathy or fondness. I don't know why, but that piece of music always tears at my heartstrings. That documentary really pulls on the heartstrings—you'll want to adopt all of those kids after watching it.
See also: heartstring, on, pull, tear, tug

tug at the heartstrings

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tug at your heartstrings

COMMON If someone or something tugs at the heartstrings or tugs at your heartstrings, they cause you to feel pity or sadness. Miss Cookson knows exactly how to tug at readers' heartstrings. Note: You can use verbs such as pull and pluck instead of tug. Unlike many charity campaigns, it doesn't pull at the heartstrings. Note: You can also omit the word at. McLachlan tugs the heartstrings with a succession of ballads. Note: Heartstrings is used in many other structures and expressions with similar meanings. This is not a movie that aims for the heartstrings. Note: In medieval times, it was believed that `heartstrings' were tendons which supported the heart.
See also: heartstring, tug
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Set to the music on her "survival" playlist, this highly readable story of love, courage and survival will tug at your heartstrings.
Such a song doesn't fail to tug at your heartstrings and let loose a menagerie of images and feelings that remind you of a happy Christmas.
If my pleas are not enough to tug at your heartstrings, imagine the accidents waiting to happen with your rogue lifestyle.
Whilst all three characters are an engaging watch, the emotional scenes do not tug at your heartstrings when Kayo finally achieves his aim.
Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings and wipe away a tear or two.
This singer-songwriter has a voice like warm butterscotch, and coupled with her 6-string guitar, hers is an easy listen that will certainly tug at your heartstrings as well.
Canfield, Hansen and Sanchez-Casal have successfully compiled a selection of stories that tug at your heartstrings and make you stop to appreciate your own family and roots.
Written to tug at your heartstrings, these collections of stories are short and easy to read.
While it may tug at your heartstrings and does offer some lovely music, there is little that is distinctive in this formulaic film.
The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Sure, it's sappy, inspirational sci-fi, but if it doesn't tug at your heartstrings, you're probably a robot anyway.
While it may tug at your heartstrings, there is little else in this film to cheer.