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  • n. Plural form of breastbone.


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  • Trim all the fat and skin from the breastbones and backbones of the 3 chickens and, with a heavy knife or a cleaver, whack the bones into manageable pieces.

    Daisy’s Holiday Cooking

  • Birds were, to be sure, still very much in the air over Williamsburg, and therefore it was not only reasonable, it was expected, that they would alight on the breastbones of these young banking women.

    The Birdcage

  • I turn the birds over onto their backs and blow on their bellies to part their feathers along their tiny breastbones, looking first for signs of new feathers, evidence of their molt, and then for their fat and muscle scores.

    A Year on the Wing

  • They stood there, fists on hips and grey woolen tunics splayed from their pale breastbones like dressed bream.


  • Her sisters and mother beat their breastbones and cried, but what could I do?

    PodCastle » 2008 » May

  • Thompson: Our breastbones were literally tied together; there were like six inches between us.

    City Of Angels

  • Their rolling call, produced in a French horn concealed in their breastbones, rains down from winter skies and haunts my dreams.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Through an elaborate, carved wooden screen, Sula could see another dining room with a few Lai-own sitting in the special chairs that cradled their long breastbones.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The faces of living humans they merely explore, and the peninsulas of their forearms, and the promontories of their breastbones, and the shallows of their tympanic chests, which when heard close up thunder too loudly for moths to notice.

    Son of a Witch

  • It had stabbed though many breastbones; punctured many hearts.

    August 13th, 2001


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