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chest

[ chest ]
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noun
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Idioms about chest

    get (something) off one's chest, Informal. to relieve oneself of (problems, troubling thoughts, etc.) by revealing them to someone.
    play it close to the chest. vest (def. 16).

Origin of chest

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English cest, cist, from Latin cista, from Greek kístē “box”

OTHER WORDS FROM chest

chest·ful [chest-fool], /ˈtʃɛst fʊl/, noun
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How to use chest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chest

chest
/ (tʃɛst) /

noun
  1. the front part of the trunk from the neck to the bellyRelated adjective: pectoral
  2. (as modifier)a chest cold
get something off one's chest informal to unburden oneself of troubles, worries, etc, by talking about them
a box, usually large and sturdy, used for storage or shippinga tea chest
Also: chestful the quantity a chest holds
rare
  1. the place in which a public or charitable institution deposits its funds
  2. the funds so deposited
a sealed container or reservoir for a gasa wind chest; a steam chest

Derived forms of chest

chested, adjective

Word Origin for chest

Old English cest, from Latin cista wooden box, basket, from Greek kistē box
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Other Idioms and Phrases with chest

chest

see off one's chest; play one's cards close to one's chest.

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