un- + bosom (“the seat of emotions”).
unbosom (third-person singular simple present unbosoms, present participle unbosoming, simple past and past participle unbosomed)
- (archaic) To tell someone about one's troubles, and thus obtain relief.
1594, Shakespeare, Willam, 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, Beckett, Samuel, 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...
- (archaic) To confess a misdeed.
to tell about one's troubles