from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The deepest feelings or affections: a tug at the heartstrings.
- n. One of the nerves or tendons formerly believed to brace and sustain the heart.
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- n. Singular form of heartstrings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nerve or tendon, supposed to brace and sustain the heart.
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A nice film about a Pierce Brosnan, family relationships and a great white gorilla who communicates in sign-language sounds like just the kind of heartstring-tugging material the world needs right now.
And Leclère, with fiendish ken, seemed to divine each particular nerve and heartstring, and with long wails and tremblings and sobbing minors to make it yield up its last shred of grief.
Samaranch, who ran the IOC from 1980-2001, offered up a heartstring-pulling argument during Madrid's presentation, saying: I know that I am very near the end of my time.
The only redeeming element found in this sensationalistic, heartstring exploitation is the performance of Lowe.
Fans of Oprah Winfrey's brand of feel-good, heartstring-tugging programming got a week-late Christmas present on New Year's Day, as the daytime queen's eponymous cable network, OWN, finally hit the air.
He heads straight for "This Woman's Work", the guaranteed tear jerker, the backstory heartstring plucker, the most "believable" song a guy with a new baby could ever sing.
LOVE-ly! good thing oprah is on hand b/c nothing plucks a heartstring more than tree-trauma.
From an injured baby dolphin to a baby monkey riding a baby boar, and countless newborn pandas, gorillas, tigers, lions and so much more -- we've brought you the most heartstring-yanking pictures.
And the king of the heartstring of connectedness is my friend Richard Ayoub.
Was she reaching for some sort of high moral ground, or just trying to tug an emotional heartstring in her boomer constintuency, or most likely simply associating her campaign with the dead folk-hero.