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1. heartstrings The deepest feelings or affections: a tug at the heartstrings.
2. One of the nerves or tendons formerly believed to brace and sustain the heart.
often facetious deep emotions or feelings
[C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart]
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections: to tug at one's heartstrings.
[1475–85; orig. alluding to tendons that were thought to brace the heart]
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|Noun||1.||heartstrings - your deepest feelings of love and compassion; "many adoption cases tug at the heartstrings"|
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
to tug at sb's heartstrings → toucher la corde sensible de qn, faire vibrer la corde sensible de qnheart-throb [ˈhɑːrtθrɒb] n
(= person) → idole f
(US) = heartbeatheart-to-heart [ˌhɑːrttəˈhɑːrt]