[ chest ]
/ tʃɛst /


Idioms for 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”


chest·ful [chest-fool], /ˈtʃɛst fʊl/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for chest

British Dictionary definitions for chest

/ (tʃɛst) /


  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
  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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Medical definitions for chest

[ chĕst ]


The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; thorax.
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Idioms and Phrases with chest


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

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