heartstrings

[ hahrt-stringz ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz /

plural noun

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

Origin of heartstrings

First recorded in 1475–85; heart + strings
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heartstrings

/ (ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz) /

pl n

often facetious deep emotions or feelings

Word Origin for heartstrings

C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart
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