from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. High as the breast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As high as the breast.
  • As high as the breast; specifically, in lumbering, having a height of 4½ feet above the ground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. up to the breast


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  • The rising water had forced the ice up till it stood breast-high above the island like a wall.

    CHAPTER 24

  • Blue sky, green trees, and sunlit turf appeared through the opening, which was breast-high.

    "The Moon Woman" by Minna Irving, part 3

  • Lady Flashman, scenting mischief breast-high, had also fixed her bonny blue gimlets on the suspect, seen him drop red counters on his paper after coups had been called, and heard Levett mutter, ` By jove, it is too hot! '


  • For a moment perhaps I stood there, breast-high in the almost boiling water, dumbfounded at my position, hopeless of escape.

    The War of The Worlds

  • And nobody has yet been able to explain her breast-high waist that only seems to exist on one side of her body.

    Glamour: Even The Instruments Are Fake

  • I will, therefore, submit to circumstances, and tell you the whole story, though somewhat tedious, in hopes that I can conclude with such a trail as you will open upon breast-high.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • In the second place, the road to this dungeon is fenced off with ropes breast-high, and outside those ropes all the English in the place who have lately been sea-sick and are now well, assemble in their best clothes to enjoy the degradation of their dilapidated fellow-creatures.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • As we were making our way, cautiously and toilsomely, over the pulverised embers, one of my people sank into the earth breast-high.

    A Message from the Sea

  • Air and light reach the damp den within, either through the upper half of the door, or through an open space between the ceiling and a low front wall, breast-high, which is closed by solid shutters that are taken down every morning, put up every evening, and held in place by heavy iron bars.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • Terrace (I waded breast-high across a torrent of water that was rushing down from the waterworks towards the Albert Road), and emerged upon the grass before the rising of the sun.

    The War of the Worlds


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