Origin of chest
- the front part of the trunk from the neck to the bellyRelated adjective: pectoral
- (as modifier)a chest cold
- the place in which a public or charitable institution deposits its funds
- the funds so deposited
Word Origin for chest
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.
get something off one's chest
To confess something: “I know something is troubling you; I'm sure you'll feel better if you tell me and get it off your chest.”
see off one's chest; play one's cards close to one's chest.