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heartstrings

[hahrt-stringz] /ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections:
to tug at one's heartstrings.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; heart + strings
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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  • The genre is filled with throwbacks, outdated shapes that pluck your heartstrings but don't make much sense for modern life.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

heartstrings

/ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(often facetious) deep emotions or feelings
Word Origin
C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart
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Word Origin and History for heartstrings
n.

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.

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