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cold hands, warm heart

Cold hands—or, by extension, a reserved disposition—are often traits of a kind, loving person. A: "Don't touch me with your icy hands!" B: "Come on, cold hands, warm heart." I always thought he was aloof before he donated so generously to our cause. I guess he's just one of those cold hands, warm heart people.
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Cold hands, warm heart.

Prov. People whose hands are usually cold have kind and loving personalities. Nancy: I don't like holding hands with Joe. His hands are so cold. Jane: Cold hands, warm heart.
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cold hands, warm heart

Not showing one's feelings does not signify lack of feeling. For example, Dan rarely sends flowers or anything, but he's a case of cold hands, warm heart. Why a literally cold hand should indicate sympathy or affection is not really clear, but this expression has been so used since about 1900, and the Germans have an identical saying ( kalte Hand, warmes Herz).
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References in classic literature ?
Pity, the obliging hand, the warm heart, patience, industry, and humility--these are unquestionably the qualities we shall here find flooded with the light of approval and admiration; because they are the most USEFUL qualities--; they make life endurable, they are of assistance in the "struggle for existence" which is the motive force behind the people practising this morality.
While his wanton fancy roamed unbounded over all her beauties, and his lively imagination painted the charming maid in various ravishing forms, his warm heart melted with tenderness; and at length, throwing himself on the ground, by the side of a gently murmuring brook, he broke forth into the following ejaculation:
Weston ought to have found more in it, for she had a husband whose warm heart and sweet temper made him think every thing due to her in return for the great goodness of being in love with him; but though she had one sort of spirit, she had not the best.
He asked their advice as to what means he should adopt to make himself known, or to ascertain beforehand whether, when he had made himself known, his brother, seeing him so poor, would be ashamed of him, or would receive him with a warm heart.
Everything united in him; good understanding, correct opinions, knowledge of the world, and a warm heart.
Being a man of very warm heart, he was seldom angry; but when he was angry, and when his chin quivered, then, as Alexander Vronsky knew, he was dangerous.
Polly had a warm heart and did not forget her friends, but she was not a good correspondent.
You, perhaps, may tell your story in safety, en- deared as you are to so many warm hearts by rare gifts, and a still rarer devotion of them to the service of others.
You have both warm hearts and benevolent feelings; and, Fanny, who that heard him read, and saw you listen to Shakespeare the other night, will think you unfitted as companions?
Lighted rooms, bright fires, cheerful faces, the music of glad voices, words of love and welcome, warm hearts, and tears of happiness--what a change is this
They can't promise the but the carolling and the warm heart are something the Orphean Singers are set to provide this Christmas season during their annual carol concert.
The 32-year-old lecturer in further education at Cardiff and Vale College began crocheting six months ago and was so inspired she decided to start up the Warm Heart Crochet project.
John Day, President of MG Car Club, said: "Peter was a man with strong principles and a high standard of business ethics blessed with great wisdom and a warm heart.
HELEN'S FULL OF HEART BLUE PETER pin-up Helen Skelton clearly still has a warm heart despite her recent trip to the South Pole.
I suspect that this is a mixture of nature and nurture in the case of an appealing younger woman with an educated intelligence and warm heart.