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strike (or touch) a chord

Definition of strike or touch a chord in English:

Cause someone to feel sympathy, emotion, or enthusiasm: the issue of food safety strikes a chord with almost everyone
[with figurative reference to the emotions being the ‘strings’ of the mind visualized as a musical instrument]
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  • The reaction has been mixed, but when an organisation like the Consumers' Association supports it, you know that it is touching a chord with the ordinary people of the country.
  • It touches a chord somewhere and people think it's great fun.
  • Sunitha touched a chord when she said, ‘This is a journey for evoking generosity, hope and happiness.’
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