warm the cockles of someone's heart

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First documented use in 1671. Corruption of Latin cochleae (ventricles) in cochleae cordis (ventricles of the heart).[1][2] Earlier attempt to explain the etymology no longer noted in reference works: Possibly due to resemblance of cockles to hearts.[2]

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to warm the cockles of someone's heart

  1. (idiomatic) To provide happiness, to bring a deeply-felt contentment

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  1. ^ American Heritage Idioms Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cockles of your heart” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words[1], 3 August 2002.
  3. ^ James A. H. Murray [et al.], editor (1884–1928) A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697; and The Oxford English Dictionary; being a Corrected Re-issue with an Introduction, Supplement, and Bibliography of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (the First Supplement), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933, OCLC 2748467.