warm the cockles of your heart

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 cockles of your heart

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy and contented. With its positive message and charming characters, this is a film to warm the cockles of your heart. In the dull grey setting, the sunny yellow colour of the house warmed the cockles of my heart. Note: Cockles are a type of shellfish. They are associated with the heart because they have a similar shape. The zoological name for cockles is `Cardium', which comes from the Greek word for `heart'.
See also: cockle, heart, of, warm
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If your earliest memories of indoor game playing means Monopoly or Cluedo, then this might be news to warm the cockles of your heart.
Whatever your Chinese zodiac sign, Kew's 23rd annual Orchids Festival will warm the cockles of your heart in the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
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to warm the cockles of your heart try this easy peasy Champagne cocktail with a splash of vodka.
Now if that doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, nothing will.
Picture this: It's chilly outside, and you need a little something to warm the cockles of your heart.
If you are not fed up with the snow, frost and ice outdoors, why not let three whales warm the cockles of your heart indoors?
This may not be a tangible gain, such as money, but someone's appreciation of your efforts through a word of thanks can warm the cockles of your heart.
And as you sit and contemplate your own bills this weekend, and look at the money taken off you in tax, doesn't it warm the cockles of your heart that you are paying for this "individually-tailored package", as if you were Prince Charles, shelling out pounds 2,000 for another of his individually tailored suits?
It's enough to warm the cockles of your heart, or the heart of your cockles.
IT'S a story to warm the cockles of your heart and also shows the immense power of social media.
if you're not a professional miserablist and fancy a movie to warm the cockles of your heart, see it.
Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC 2 comedy series, The Stephen K Amos Show, Stephen is back in Belfast with more melt in the middle, heartfelt humour to warm the cockles of your heart.
ADAPTED by Alan Sharp from Baron Dunsany's 1936 novella My Talks With Dean Spanley, this quixotic shaggy dog story set in Edwardian England will warm the cockles of your heart.
There's nothing quite like a Victorian Christmas complete with carols and ghostly goings on to warm the cockles of your heart though, and that's what this did perfectly.