hope chest

noun

Definition of hope chest 

: a young woman's accumulation of clothes and domestic furnishings (such as silver and linen) kept in anticipation of her marriage also : a chest for such an accumulation

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This law is a bulging hope chest for the sadistic followers of St. Hubert, who also can usually be found in the woods, unknowingly exchanging gunshots with the followers of St. Anheuser Busch. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "So, Scalia Was a Stonecutter?," 25 Feb. 2016

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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hope chest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hope chest

: a chest or box in which a young woman keeps things (such as silverware and linen) that she will use after she gets married

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