tug/pull at one's heartstrings

Definition of tug/pull at one's heartstrings

  1. :  to stir one's emotions That movie really tugs/pulls at your heartstrings.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to pull hard

    :  to struggle in opposition :  contend

    :  to exert oneself laboriously :  labor

  1. :  an act or instance of tugging :  pull

    :  a strong pulling force

    :  a straining effort

  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

heartstringplay heartstrings
  1. :  a nerve once believed to sustain the heart

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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