But I love to have money in cash, rather than a chestful of fine clothes.
They burnt a monastery in the plain and ransacked a chestful of correspondence.
A second—half a second longer, and I should have shipped a mouthful, perhaps a chestful of water.
Old English cest "box, coffer, casket," from Proto-Germanic *kista (cf. Old Norse and Old High German kista, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, German kiste, Dutch kist), an early borrowing from Latin cista "chest, box," from Greek kiste "a box, basket," from PIE *kista "woven container." Meaning extended to "thorax" 1520s, replacing breast (n.), on the metaphor of the ribs as a box for the organs. Chest of drawers is from 1590s.
The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; thorax.