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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