warm the cockles of his heart






warm the cockles of his 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.


Related Idioms :


cock your ear

listen attentively to or for something.

The image here is of a dog raising its ears to an erect position.



knock something into a cocked hat

put a definitive end to something

be very much better than someone or something.

A cocked hat is a hat with the brim permanently turned up, especially a style of three-cornered hat worn from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.




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