Definition of chest in English:

chest

Syllabification: chest
Pronunciation: /CHest
 
/

noun

  • 1The front surface of a person’s or animal’s body between the neck and the abdomen.
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    • Gabriel removed his shirt, and I kissed his neck, his chest, his stomach, over and over again.
    • The water slowly went up to my knees, to my stomach, to my chest, to my neck.
    • A rash then appears in patches, usually behind the ears, under the arms, on the chest and stomach, and the arms and legs.
  • 1.1The whole of a person’s upper trunk, especially with reference to physical size: a 42-inch chest
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    • And in the late evening I was bundled off to the Accident and Emergency department suffering from bad pains in the chest.
    • I would only be inflicting my germs all over you and giving you a bad chest.
    • The surface of the anterior chest wall and abdominal area were sterilized with ethanol.
    Synonyms
  • 2A large strong box, typically made of wood and used for storage or shipping: an oak chest
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    • On one side of the room there were a few boxes and chests of storage, but Josie didn't mind.
    • The storage chest was fairly easy, too, although it took a while to build because there were so many screws.
    • She removed several ammo clips from a storage chest and fitted them into her utility belt.
    Synonyms
    box, case, casket, crate, trunk, coffer, strongbox
  • 2.1A small cabinet for medicines, toiletries, etc.: the medicine chest
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    • It is also important to make sure that not only cabinets under the sink are locked but that medicine cabinets or chests are also secured.
    • She went to a small chest in the corner, it held their medicine supplies.
    • He placed his toiletries in the topmost drawer of the chest, then strolled across to the window.
  • 2.2 short for chest of drawers.
  • 2.3British The treasury or financial resources of some institutions: the university chest
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    • Banks have been asked to take over the currency chests which are at present managed by the various State Government treasuries.
    • She has not received that sum because she did not claim it, and therefore the Treasury chest has not been reduced by that amount.

Phrases

get something off one's chest

informal Say something that one has wanted to say for a long time, resulting in a feeling of relief.
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  • It would be a definite relief to get things off her chest, to know that she was no longer alone in all of her struggles.
  • I had a conversation with the manager (last month), just a general chat that I wanted to have, and I got things off my chest.
  • The players were given extra training instead and we had a team meeting, at which we got a few things off our chest.
Synonyms
confess, disclose, divulge, reveal, make known, make public, make a clean breast of, bring into the open, tell all about, get a load off one's mind

play (or keep) one's cards close to one's chest (or vest)

informal Be secretive and cautious about one’s intentions.
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  • So far, the special prosecutor has kept his cards close to his chest.
  • He keeps his cards close to his vest.
  • Who supports the program, who wants to phase it out, and who's keeping their cards close to their vest, trying to figure which way the wind will blow?

Derivatives

chested

adjective
[in combination]: a bare-chested youth

Origin

Old English cest, cyst, related to Dutch kist and German Kiste, based on Greek kistē 'box'.

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