strike a chord

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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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strike a chord

verb
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" 
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