cockles of the heart
Etymology: perhaps from 2cockle Date: 1671 the core of one's being — usually used in the phrase warm the cockles of the heart

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  • cockles of the heart — Etymology: perhaps from cockle (II), with influence of New Latin cochlea ventricle, from Latin, snail, snail shell more at cochlea : the center or core of one s sentient being usually used in the phrase to warm the cockles of the heart * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cockles of the heart — Synonyms and related words: being, bones, bosom, breast, center of life, esoteric reality, esprit, guts, heart, heart of hearts, heartstrings, inmost heart, inmost soul, inner man, inner nature, innermost being, inside, nerve center, quick,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • warm the cockles of your heart — ◇ If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you have warm and happy feelings. It is a story with a happy ending to warm the cockles of your heart. • • • Main Entry: ↑cockle warm the cockles of your heart see ↑cockle • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • warm the cockles of your heart — warm the cockles of (your) heart old fashioned if something you see or hear warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy because it shows that people can be good and kind. It s an old fashioned romance that will warm the cockles of… …   New idioms dictionary

  • warm the cockles of your heart — If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • warm the cockles of your heart —    If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cockles of one's heart — idi cockles of one s heart, the place of one s deepest feelings …   From formal English to slang

  • warm the cockles of heart — warm the cockles of (your) heart old fashioned if something you see or hear warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy because it shows that people can be good and kind. It s an old fashioned romance that will warm the cockles of… …   New idioms dictionary

  • warm the cockles (of somebody's heart) — warm the ˈcockles (of sb s ˈheart) idiom (BrE) to make sb feel happy or sympathetic • Doesn t that story just warm the cockles of your heart? Main entry: ↑warmidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • warm the cockles of someone's heart — verb To provide happiness, to bring a deeply felt contentment, possibly derived from the similarity in appearance of the heart valves to the cockle, a bivalve mollusk of the family Cardiidae. Syn: warm someones heart See Also: heart warming …   Wiktionary

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