Definition of get something off one's chest in English:

get something off one's chest


  • Say something that one has wanted to say for a long time, resulting in a feeling of relief.

    ‘tell me about it, get it off your chest’
    • ‘In the days when I posted regularly, I felt satisfied I was getting my views off my chest.’
    • ‘It's a great way of getting things off your chest.’
    • ‘I feel I must be too late to apologise to her parents, but at least I have got it off my chest!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't be shy - you'll feel better when you've got it off your chest.’
    • ‘This was greeted with general assent; she had got something off her chest.’
    • ‘I've been living the biggest mistake of my life for the last nine years and I think it's time I finally got it off my chest.’
    • ‘We had a clear-the-air meeting earlier this week in which the manager got a few things off his chest.’
    • ‘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.’
    confess, disclose, divulge, reveal, make known, make public, own up to, make a clean breast of, bring into the open, tell all about, say what one is thinking
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