heart string


plural noun
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections: to tug at one's heartstrings.

1475–85; heart + strings

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heartstrings (ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz)
pl n
facetious often deep emotions or feelings
[C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart]

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