make a clean breast of

Definition of make a clean breast of

:to speak openly and honestly about (something that previously has been lied about or kept secret)
  • I decided to make a clean breast of it/things and admit that I was to blame.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

clean play
  1. : free from dirt or pollution

  2. : free from contamination or disease

  3. : free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. : so as to clean

  2. : in a clean manner

  3. : all the way : completely

  1. : to make clean: such as

  2. : to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

  3. : to rid of corruption

  1. : an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

breast play
  1. : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult human females and some other mammals

  2. : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen

  3. : the part of an article of clothing covering the breast

  1. : to contend with resolutely : confront

  2. : climb, ascend

  3. : to thrust the chest against


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