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chest protector

noun, Baseball.
a protective pad worn over the chest by a catcher or umpire to shield the body from foul tips.
Origin of chest protector
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bresnahan went out to put on his chest protector and shin guards.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • She had resumed her knitting—which was a chest protector for himself—until the wine that she had rung for should be brought.

  • If Queen Thyra wore it, she must have been a giantess, or else have had a wadded "chest protector" underneath her necklaces.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • "I wish I'd get a chance," he said, prancing about digging vicious holes in the glove, that looked like a chest protector.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • A chest protector, like the one we illustrate, is invaluable for the girl who has a weak chest, and is out in all weathers.

  • Sew them in your chest protector, or wherever people keep valuables.

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart

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