Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.1)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.

1. 

To make clean breast of

[A]. To gain prominence
[B]. To praise oneself
[C]. To confess without of reserve
[D]. To destroy before it blooms
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

No answer description available for this question.

Sanjeet said: (Dec 15, 2010)  
It actually means: to confess,here breast has connotation towards Heart.disclose smth from yr heart.

Krishna said: (Dec 21, 2010)  
Somebody explain please.

Dheeraj Gopalka said: (Jan 8, 2011)  
Make your heart clean by accepting guilt.

Here breast means heart.

R G said: (Jan 25, 2011)  
to disclose the secrets which weigh upon one; to make full confession.

Ritu said: (Feb 16, 2011)  
How come this be answer 'To confess without of reserve' ?

Ashu said: (Feb 16, 2011)  
Somebody explain it please.

Shyam said: (Mar 1, 2011)  
Admit everything without any balance from heart ie is to be openheart.

Ankita said: (May 7, 2011)  
Please make sentence for better understanding.

Priya said: (May 11, 2011)  
Give me some practical examples for this.

Sundar said: (May 25, 2011)  
To tell the truth about something, especially something bad or illegal that you have done, so that you do not have to feel guilty any more After months of lying about the money, I decided to make a clean breast of it and tell the truth.

Sundar said: (May 25, 2011)  
To make a full confession: "The judge will give the convict a lighter sentence if he makes a clean breast of his involvement with the crime."

Anil Kumar said: (Jun 4, 2011)  
Breast means emotion.

Confess means attacking.

Pushpa.J.S said: (Sep 3, 2011)  
To accept openly instead of keeping it with yourself.

Millis said: (Sep 15, 2011)  
It means if you have done some immoral or evil thing, then you live with a guilt ! and to take off that guilt out of your mind is what it means!

Ishwarya said: (Sep 19, 2011)  
What is blooms? explain it.

Hari said: (Nov 17, 2011)  
State of flowering

Mahesh Kumar said: (Oct 24, 2012)  
What is mean by blooms?

Vijay said: (Feb 9, 2013)  
We are said to be open heart person or good person;when we confess our illegal activities.

Shanmugam said: (Feb 9, 2013)  
What is mean by breast?

Soswitha said: (Mar 20, 2013)  
From dictionary, either of the two soft, producing organs on the upper front of a woman's body which secrete milk after pregnancy.

Shweta said: (Aug 31, 2013)  
The thief decided to make a clean breast of and tell the truth near the King.

Sneha said: (Jul 12, 2014)  
To eliminate the guilty feeling inside you, yo open the truth to eliminate that feeling i.e to feel better.

Kishore said: (Aug 21, 2014)  
To tell the truth about something, especially something bad or illegal that you have done, so that you do not have to feel guilty any more.

Kirti said: (Oct 20, 2014)  
To make a clean breast meaning - Admit or acknowledge a wrong doing.

Anand said: (Feb 3, 2015)  
An idiom has peculiar meaning that must be remember by perception.

Rahul said: (Feb 23, 2015)  
Its mean to reveal the secret which is not known to any one.

Prof. Ayaz Momin said: (Mar 28, 2015)  
The word "clean" means to make it pure, erase, wipe out so in the given option "To confess without of reserve" - the word confess means to come out with the truth and come clean of without being party to any crime or hidden incidents. Hence the word "clean" interacts with the word "confess".

Many a times we have heard a dialogue in Hollywood serials or movies. "He has come clean" means he has either confessed of his crimes without any pressure or he has confessed to the jury or the cops about being an accomplice.

Garima Singh said: (Apr 9, 2015)  
To make clean breast of means open up the truth.

Inbha said: (Jul 7, 2015)  
Can any one give better explanation?

Mohan Malviya said: (Sep 2, 2015)  
Can any better explain?

Ca Rishi Gupta said: (Nov 4, 2015)  
It means to convey your feelings honestly!

Param said: (Nov 16, 2015)  
To tell the truth about something that you have done. Bad or illegal works so that yo do not feel guilty. About that works is done bye you.

Suku said: (Nov 20, 2015)  
To accept the mistake by heart.

Amrito said: (Apr 16, 2016)  
I can't understand. Explain clearly.

Aakanksha said: (Jul 20, 2016)  
It is hard to understand it clearly. Someone help me.

Sanu said: (Aug 12, 2016)  
I can't able to understand clearly please explain it.

Suraj said: (Aug 24, 2016)  
I can't understand, please explain it.

Manish said: (Jan 16, 2017)  
Give the usage of the phrase. And explain it in detail.

Prashant said: (Aug 9, 2017)  
I can't understand somebody please explain it.

Ahamika Pattnaik said: (Sep 29, 2017)  
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun breast as 'the two soft protuberances situated on the thorax in females'. The meaning used in 'make a clean breast of it' is an earlier and less literal one. The 'breast' there is the seat of the one's emotions and secrets; one's 'heart'. "To make a clean breast of" means to speak openly and honestly about something that has previously been lied. Eg: The judge will give the convict a lighter sentence if he makes a clean breast of his involvement with the crime.

Vimlesh Kumar said: (Oct 16, 2017)  
Please explain it clearly.

Shweta Wankhede said: (May 28, 2019)  
The word "clean" means to make it pure, erase, wipe out so in the given option "To confess without of reserve" - the word confess means to come out with the truth and come clean of without being party to any crime or hidden incidents.

Adesewa said: (Dec 19, 2019)  
The word breast is close to the heart. While the clean means clear your conscience from all doubt and guilt.

Jose said: (Mar 24, 2020)  
The wording in the correct answer is wrong. The preposition ' of' is unnecessary. The correct form is ' to confess without reserve'.

Riturajsingh said: (Apr 26, 2020)  
To be of pure heart after telling the truth or signifying the fact.

Chekwemoi Merab said: (May 10, 2020)  
Thanks @Jose.

Surajit said: (Jun 21, 2021)  
I can't understand. Please explain in detail.

Prayash Saha said: (Jun 21, 2021)  
I can't understand please anyone explain in detail.

Surajit said: (Jun 21, 2021)  
I can't understand. Please, anyone, help me to get this.

Ashell said: (Jul 12, 2021)  
It means to speak openly and honestly. Eg. I decided to make a clean breast of it/things and admit that I was to blame.

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