warm the cockles of one's heart


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warm the cockles of one's heart

To touch someone, or make someone feel happy and affectionate.
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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.
There's nothing that can warm the cockles of one's heart on a Sunday evening like watching an ageing former Brat Packer eviscerate a rogue Russian government agent to secure a half-digested Sim card from his stomach.
Alan, from Cramlington, wrote: "I've just come in from a very cold outdoors, and what a lovely photograph taken by Andy Commins to warm the cockles of one's heart.