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[hahrt-stringz] /ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections:
to tug at one's heartstrings.
Origin of heartstrings
1475-85; heart + strings Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for heartstrings
  • The genre is filled with throwbacks, outdated shapes that pluck your heartstrings but don't make much sense for modern life.
  • The film is long but never ponderous, the set pieces are thrilling, and one's heartstrings are tugged at all the right places.
  • These stories that pull at the heartstrings play out in every county in our state.
  • They are effective because they can tug on the heartstrings of moms and dads.
  • Some videos tugged at the heartstrings, others tickled the funny bone, but all conveyed an important message about service.
  • Charity watchdog groups say veteran's organizations are one sector where it's easy to prey on people's heartstrings.
British Dictionary definitions for heartstrings


plural noun
(often facetious) deep emotions or feelings
Word Origin
C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartstrings

late 15c., originally literal, in old anatomy theory "the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;" from heart + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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