Definition of chest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃest//
    Body parts, Furniture
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  1. 1  the top part of the front of the body, between the neck and the stomach The bullet hit him in the chest. She gasped for breath, her chest heaving. a chest infection chest pains a hairy chest CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build See related entries: Body parts
  2. 2-chested (in adjectives) having the type of chest mentioned flat-chested broad-chested More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  3. 3a large strong box, usually made of wood, used for storing things in and/or moving them from one place to another a medicine chest a treasure chest see also hope chest, ice chest, tea chest, war chest See related entries: Furniture
  4. Word OriginOld English cest, cyst, related to Dutch kist and German Kiste, based on Greek kistē ‘box’.Extra examples ‘You’ve got to have courage, ’ he said, thumping his chest. Clutching his chest in agony, he fell to the ground. He puffed out his chest proudly. He suffered burns to the chest and neck. Her chest tightened with fear. His chest puffed out with indignation at the suggestion. His chest swelled with pride as he accepted the award. She clutched her baby tightly to her chest. She ran until her chest ached. She was hit in the chest by two of the bullets. She wears loose clothes to hide her flat chest. the hairs on his chest The documents were kept in an ancient oak chest with a brass lock. We packed all the china in tea chests. a pirate’s treasure chestIdioms
    get something off your chest
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    to talk about something that has been worrying you for a long time so that you feel less anxious Why not tell her how you feel? It might do you good to get it off your chest.
    hold/keep/play your cards close to your chest
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    to keep your ideas, plans, etc. secret
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