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chest protector

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noun Baseball.
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for chest protector

Historical Examples

  • But that square might pass for a chest-protector, if any body ever criticised it.

    Harper's Round Table, July 16, 1895

    Various

  • I'll wear the midget profile as a chest-protector right along, and put the full-foot vignette under my pillow nights.

  • If a man is subject to colds during the winter he should wear a chest-protector.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity

    Louis Philippe McCarty

  • An apparatus for getting at nuts without cracking them; or a chest-protector for Cæsar to wear in damp weather?

  • Women tightened up about the throat and dared to wonder whether he wore a chest-protector and asafetida bag.