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a. Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; the female mammary gland.
b. A corresponding rudimentary gland in a human male, especially when enlarged by exposure to estrogen or appearing to be enlarged by overlying body fat.
a. The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
b. A corresponding part in other animals.
c. A cut of meat taken from this part of an animal, especially from poultry.
d. The part of a garment that covers the chest.
e. The seat of affection and emotion: "Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast" (Shakespeare).
3. Something likened to the human breast, as in being in round or broad: the breast of a hill; the breast of the sea.
4. The face of a mine or tunnel.
5. Sports Breaststroke.
tr.v. breast·ed, breast·ing, breasts
1. To go to the top of; ascend: "He breasted a rise and looked down. He was at the head of a small valley" (Ken Follett).
2. To move forward or advance through or across: breasted the current; breasted the crowd.
3. To confront or deal with resolutely: breasted a storm of criticism.
[Middle English brest, from Old English brēost.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Bosom like a Spanish balcony —Colette
- Bosom like the prow of a ship —M. J. Farrell
- Bosoms … large, like mounds of earth on the banks of a dug-up canal —R. K. Narayan
- Bosoms like cheese-wheels —David Huddle
- Bosoms like vast, half-filled hot-water bottles —M. J. Farrell
- Bosoms set like two great prows of battleships —Brian Donleavy
- Breasts as large and round as a bald man’s head —James Crumley
- Breasts hard as stone, project like a bulwark —Erich Maria Remarque
- A breast divided into segments like a peeled orange, or a pair of thighs that converge into a single swollen knee —Kingsley Amis
- Breasts heaving like a flight deck —Rita Mae Brown
- Breasts … hung like water-filled balloons from her chest —Bernard Malamud
- Breasts lie flat on her ribs like soft purses —Rose Tremain
- Breasts, like a nursing mother’s —Katherine Anne Porter
- Breasts like a pair of piggies —Vladimir Nabokov
- Breasts like armaments —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Breasts … like bread loaves hot from the oven —Francine du Plessix Gray
- Breasts like … clusters of the vine —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
- Breasts … like dried apples —Annette Sanford
- Breasts like dunes —John D. MacDonald
- Breasts … like empty purses except when they filled briefly and fed another child —H. E. Bates
- Breasts like giant cabbages —W. Somerset Maugham
- Breasts like overripe squash —Patricia Henley
- Breasts like pennants —Irwin Shaw
- Breasts like small hard apples —Francine du Plessix Gray
- Breasts like smooth and ivory-colored hills —Marguerite Young
- Breasts … sag from her chest like two plump gourds —Susan Yankowitz
- Breasts sagging like overripe fruit —George Garrett
- Breasts … shaped like crescent moons —Ira Wood
- Breasts swaying like party balloons —Jilly Cooper
- Breasts swelling … like rising bread —Marge Piercy
- Breasts that drop, big as barrels —Dylan Thomas
- Breasts were like long white grapes in the hot sun —D. H. Lawrence
- Breasts, which were like apples cut in half —Colette
- Breasts … whose fruits are dark as plums —C. J. Koch
- Bursts like creamy milk-fed veal —Susan Lois
The character who thus pronounces and describes a woman’s breasts in a novel entitled Personals is a kosher butcher.
- Chest like a promontory —Daphne Merkin
- Cleavage deep as the jungle —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Enormous breasts that seemed to rise up and nearly out of her gown with every deep breath, defying physical laws, like a half-finished bridge —William Brammer
- Full breasts soaring all over the place like billowing pennants in a strong wind —Joseph Heller
- Her bosom heaved like an opera singer’s —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
- Her breasts are tiny and hang from her chest like a pair of prunes —Milan Kundera
- (An ample woman,) her breasts hung like calabashes inside her grey dress —Thomas Keneally
- Her breasts looked like two five-pound flour sacks from which some of the contents had spilled —Sue Grafton
- Her large heavy breasts seemed to lift like wings —James Crumley
- Her nipples preceded her like scouts —Yehuda Amichai
- Her small girlish breasts already sagged like little pockets on her white chest —Jonathan Valin
- His bared breast glistened soft and greasy as though he had sweated out his fat in his sleep —Joseph Conrad
- Jutting breasts like hills —Robinson Jeffers
- Little mounds had appeared like soft marshmallows through her sweater —Carol Ascher
- Long pointed breasts rearing like the muzzles of two Afghans —James Crumley
- The nipple [of mother nursing child] looked like the end of a Tootsie Roll —Bobbie Ann Mason
- Nipples … flat and wide as poker chips —Sue Miller
- Nipples large as cookies —Ira Wood
- Nipples … like buds of peonies —Amy Lowell
- Nipples like two dark eyes —David Michael Kaplan
- Nipples shaped like discs of milk chocolate —Ira Wood
Wood’s novel, The Kitchen Man, brims with food-related images.
- Nipples … small as buttons —Miles Gibson
- Nipples standing out like two overgrown M&Ms —T. Glen Coughlin
- The profile of her body stood forth like the prow of a clipper ship —Calder Willingham
- She had fenders like a GMC truck —Loren D. Estleman
- They [breasts] were wide mounds growing like muscles across her chest —Will Weaver
- A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows —Anon
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