warm the cockles of (one's) heart

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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.
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warm the cockles of someone's heart

Fig. to make someone feel warm and happy. It warms the cockles of my heart to hear you say that. Hearing that old song again warmed the cockles of her heart.
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warm the cockles of one's heart

Gratify one, make one feel good, as in It warms the cockles of my heart to see them getting along so well. This expression uses a corruption of the Latin name for the heart's ventricles, cochleae cordis. [Second half of 1600s]
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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'.
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warm the cockles of someone's heart

give someone a comforting feeling of pleasure or contentment.
This phrase perhaps arose as a result of the resemblance in shape between a heart and a cockleshell.
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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.
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A story in the Mirror on Thursday warmed the cockles of my heart. Seventeen-year-old Hannah Fraser was pulled out of GCSE exam at the last minute by her dad and taken to hospital where she was told she had cancer.
While members of the Establishment in the plush section of the Stadium, including "Prince" William, almost choked on their pre-match Chardonnays, this quintessentially Liverpudlian defiance of the "high and mighty" warmed the cockles of my heart. Typically, the capitalist press and media have chosen to turn a deaf ear to the fans' noisy demonstration of displeasure.
John Taffin's "Marlin Memories" in the March Campfire Tales warmed the cockles of my heart and set off a bunch of memories of my own.
KAI TIAKI Nursing New Zealand is always a good read, but last month's issue really warmed the cockles of my heart. It had a bit of everything.
You've warmed the cockles of my heart. So thank you all, so very much.
I went for a hot and spicy penne arabbiata, which warmed the cockles of my heart; our son polished off his favourite, pizza margherita; while my other half enjoyed chargrilled rib-eye steak with chunky chips and salad.
And just seeing the animals against a backdrop of urban bricks warmed the cockles of my heart.
"It warmed the cockles of my heart at last week's London commemoration that Baroness Thatcher was given the only ovation
The Brazil-Turkey semi-final warmed the cockles of my heart, it was indeed a splendiferous piece of escapism from the daily drudgery.
We weren't used to drinking and the alcohol warmed the cockles of my heart - I'll never forget that feeling.