the deepest feelings; the strongest affections: to tug at one's heartstrings.
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How to use heartstrings in a sentence
Say what you will, though, he never tried to tug at our heartstrings by making Marlowe an orphan.
Sometimes I see tabloid stuff online and it tugs at my heartstrings.
She saw that her duty was before her; she must nerve herself and face it, though it tore her heartstrings.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
Three or four horrible suggestions arose in succession to jerk at her heartstrings.Overland | John William De Forest
The thoughts of this orphan boy clung to her heartstrings with a fondness for which she herself was unable to account.The Abbot | Sir Walter Scott
The appeal which touched the heartstrings of all persons served a double purpose.
It meant the tearing out of his very heartstrings which had found root at a woman's feet."Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for heartstrings
often facetious deep emotions or feelings
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