warm the cockles

warm the cockles of (one's) heart

To cause one to feel happy. The "cockles of one's heart" are the deepest part of oneself. Thank you so much—your kind words really warmed the cockles of my heart.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm

warm the ˈcockles (of somebody’s ˈheart)

(British English) make somebody feel happy or sympathetic: Ah! It warms the cockles of my heart to see the children so happy.
See also: cockle, warm
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For the rest, here's a dreamy pudding that will warm the cockles on a winter's night.
That will warm the cockles of Alan Campbell's heart as he prepares to defend the Tynemouth seat on June 8.
IT'S a story to warm the cockles of your heart and also shows the immense power of social media.
But the weekend action from the Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and Den Haag will only warm the cockles of the heart.
Because while we've had serious injury to elite cyclists and gymnasts, sinking rowers, drug scandals, security scares and transport chaos, there have been several stories to warm the cockles too.
This memory will warm the cockles of those old duffers during a game of boules.
Cold Winter is classic Rusby, a catchy chorus that allows her soft vocals to warm the cockles.
None of the contrived plot ingredients warm the cockles of the heart, from the ruthless Russian businessman to a a false benefit claim.
WE start this week with a picture to warm the cockles of your heart - it's mum and son having the first drink of the night in town.
Perhaps they will warm the cockles and help you remember fondly rather than look sadly ahead.
ENJOY a weekend of stories, songs and music from Wales and beyond as the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival returns for its second year to warm the cockles of chill winter hearts.
Fast Freddie, The Widow And Me is the kind of programme that's only ever shown at Christmas - the kind that will warm the cockles of even the most cynical-hearted viewers.
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Glenys Dunworth, West Wickham Heart-warming stuff Monet's Garden - what a way to warm the cockles of one's heart on a crisp autumn afternoon.