- 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
But that square might pass for a chest-protector, if any body ever criticised it.
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?Fifty-Two Stories For Girls
Women tightened up about the throat and dared to wonder whether he wore a chest-protector and asafetida bag.Just Around the Corner