from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Open on the breast; that does not cover the breast or bosom: said of garments so made as to leave the breast or bosom exposed.
  • Open-hearted; not concealing thoughts or feelings; frank.


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  • Now there could be no shadow of doubt that this was an open-breasted cut at young Fanie van Tromp, whose affection for Katje was a matter of talk on the farms, and whose overtures that young lady had consistently sterilized with ridicule.

    Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases Seventeen Short Stories

  • In place of the open-breasted shirt with the rolled-up sleeves there were tailor-made upper clothes, with the collar and cravat also of civilization, and the hat -- it was perhaps fortunate for the rider that he had not met any true denizens of the unfettered highlands on the lonely trail from Jack's

    Empire Builders

  • The men are still in jackets and breeches, and, with their slouched and pointed hats and open-breasted shirts and rattling leather leggings, may remind one sufficiently of the

    Italian Hours

  • Susan's heart was cunning to reproach her duke for the difference of the scene she beheld from that of the innocent open-breasted land.

    The Tale of Chloe

  • The waistcoat, which seemed to be of the same material as the coat, was very open-breasted, and displayed a considerable array of shirt front.

    The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales

  • Dr. Benjamin set me down before his one window and began looking at me with such a superhuman air of sagacity, that I felt like one of those open-breasted clocks which make no secret of their inside arrangements, and almost thought he could see through me as one sees through a shrimp or a jelly-fish.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • However, I am a little obstinate, as you know, on the chapter of health, and have persisted through this Siberian winter in not adding a grain to my clothes, and in going open-breasted without an under waistcoat.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • [I will not say;] but [have [3]] ever understood the Fact to be, that the close Minister is buttoned up, and the brave Officer open-breasted on these Occasions.

    The Spectator, Volume 1 Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essays

  • I have of late taken too much cold by washing my feet and going in a thin silke waistcoate, without any other coate over it, and open-breasted, but I hope it will go over.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 43: May/June 1666

  • With a patent pending for being the first gag to incorporate human body parts, the Ballz Gag is the latest in a series of patented and patent-pending designs from the Stockroom, which also includes the Jawbreaker Gag, with a mouthpiece of real candy, and the Bolero Straitjacket, a sexy yet functional open-breasted design that allows a difficult patient's vitals to be monitored without having to remove restraints to access their chest.

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