- the front of an open-hearth furnace.
- the clay surrounding the taphole of a cupola.
- breast line.
- a rounded bow.
verb (used with object)
- to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
- to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.
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Origin of breast
OTHER WORDS FROM breastbreast·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for make a clean breast of
Word Origin for breast
Medical definitions for make a clean breast of
Idioms and Phrases with make a clean breast of (1 of 2)
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)
see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.