breast·​bone | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

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Butler died from fractured ribs, a broken breastbone, and severe internal bleeding, while the other two sustained serious injuries. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Plaza's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed," 7 June 2019 Her iterations on schoolgirl and work uniforms are well assembled and easy to wear, with intriguing design details like the asymmetric scallop of a hem or a slight bunching along the breastbone. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2019," 29 Mar. 2019 Cut the chicken in half along the breastbone and place in a large bowl. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Herb-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage," 1 Sep. 2010 If calling your friend’s name and shaking their shoulders doesn’t work, Stoner suggests rubbing their sternum (breastbone) with your knuckles or pinching their earlobe. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 Using a rolling pin or your hands, press it firmly to break the breastbone and flatten the bird. Georgeanne Brennan, House Beautiful, "Butterflied Turkey with Herb Glaze and Gravy Recipe," 25 Oct. 2010 The loungewear fits the deliciously excessive mood, as in a set of plush drawstring pants with slits up to the hips and a turtleneck-meets-tunic with an inverted cutout that dips to the breastbone. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "A Former Cardi B Video Vixen Has Created the Most Instagrammable Loungewear Brand of the Year," 26 Sep. 2018 With a meat cleaver or large knife, carefully cut through the entire breastbone, creating two even-size halves. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Split-Roasted Turkey Buried in Herbs," 27 Nov. 2013 The bricks fractured his breastbone, bruised his head and broke his ribs. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of breastbone

: a flat, narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected


breast·​bone | \ ˈbrest-ˈbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

Kids Definition of breastbone

: a flat narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected


breast·​bone | \ ˈbres(t)-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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