breast

[ brest ]
/ brɛst /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

breast in, Nautical. to bind (an object, as a boatswain's chair) securely under a projection, as the flare of a bow.
breast off, Nautical.
  1. to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
  2. to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.

Idioms

    beat one's breast, to display one's grief, remorse, etc., in a loud and demonstrative manner.
    make a clean breast of, to confess everything (of which one is guilty): You'll feel better if you make a clean breast of it.

Origin of breast

before 1000; Middle English brest, Old English brēost; cognate with Old Norse brjōst; akin to German Brust, Gothic brusts, Dutch borst

Related forms

breast·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for make a clean breast of

breast

/ (brɛst) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for breast

Old English brēost; related to Old Norse brjōst, Old High German brust, Dutch borst, Swedish bräss, Old Irish brū belly, body
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Medicine definitions for make a clean breast of

breast

[ brĕst ]

n.

Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; mammary gland; mamma.
A corresponding rudimentary gland in the male.
The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
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Idioms and Phrases with make a clean breast of (1 of 2)

make a clean breast of


Confess fully, as in Caught shoplifting, the girls decided to make a clean breast of it to their parents. This expression, first recorded in 1752, uses clean breast in the sense of baring of one's heart, the breast long considered the seat of private or secret feelings.

Idioms and Phrases with make a clean breast of (2 of 2)

breast


see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.

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