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

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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 Follow the breastbone to carve the breast, using the cartilage as a guide for your knife. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make," 19 Feb. 2018 There would traditionally be a large scar from the breastbone to the naval, and if done through the chest, there would be incisions between the ribs. Trihealth,, "Larry’s robotic surgery: life-saving for him, milestone for TriHealth," 2 May 2018 Verano said the children’s skeletons contained lesions on their breastbones, which were probably made by a ceremonial knife. Washington Post, "Archaeologists find ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru," 30 Apr. 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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