unbosom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ bosom (the seat of emotions).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ʌnˈbʊz.əm/, /ˌʌnˈbʊz.əm/

Verb[edit]

unbosom (third-person singular simple present unbosoms, present participle unbosoming, simple past and past participle unbosomed)

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  1. (archaic) To tell someone about one's troubles, and thus obtain relief.
    • 1594, Willam Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, act V, scene 2, line 2040:
      Their several counsels they unbosom shall
      To loves mistook, and so be mock'd withal
      Upon the next occasion that we meet,
      With visages displayed, to talk and greet.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, Paris: Olympia Press, OL 16635912M:
      Watt was not the first to whom Mr Graves had unbosomed himself, in this connexion. For he had unbosomed himself to Arsene, many years before...
  2. (archaic) To confess a misdeed.

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