English version

tug/tear/pull at somebody’s heartstrings

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtug/tear/pull at somebody’s heartstringstug/tear/pull at somebody’s heartstringsFORCE somebody TO DO somethingto make someone feel strong love or sympathy heartstrings
Examples from the Corpus
tug/tear/pull at somebody’s heartstringsIt pulls at the heartstrings of every agent out there to see a young lady or anyone jeopardized by these conditions.That night the little creature did not stop crying and its pitiful little squeak tore at Aggie's heartstrings.
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