Definition of get something off one's chest in US 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a great way of getting things off your chest.’
    • ‘We had a clear-the-air meeting earlier this week in which the manager got a few things off his 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.’
    • ‘This was greeted with general assent; she had got something off her chest.’
    • ‘Don't be shy - you'll feel better when you've got it 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!’
    • ‘In the days when I posted regularly, I felt satisfied I was getting my views 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.’
    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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