strike a chord
Trigger a feeling or memory, as in That poem strikes a chord in all those touched by the Holocaust. This term alludes to striking the strings or keys of a musical instrument. [First half of 1800s] Also see strike the right note.
|strike a chord|
|1.||create an emotional response; "The music struck a chord with the listeners"|
|2.||refer to or be relevant or familiar to; "I hope this message hits home!" [syn: hit home]|
|3.||evoke a reaction, response, or emotion; "this writer strikes a chord with young women"; "The storyteller touched a chord"|