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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: cest, from Latin cista 'box, basket', from Greek kiste 'basket'

chest

noun
     
chest S2 W3 [countable]
1HBH the front part of your body between your neck and your stomach [↪ breast]:
Her heart was pounding in her chest.
a hairy chest
chest pain/infection/injury
He collapsed with severe chest pains.
flat-chested
2 a large strong box that you use to store things in or to move your personal possessions from one place to another:
a large wooden chest
3

get something off your chest

to tell someone about something that has been worrying or annoying you for a long time, so that you feel better afterwards
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