make a clean breast of something = make a clean breast of it
confess your mistakes or wrongdoings
In former times, many people believed that the breast or chest was where a person's conscience was located. The breast is still used metaphorically to represent the seat of the emotions.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
a dog's breakfast = a dog's dinner
a poor piece of work
a mess - British informal
The image is of a dog's meal of jumbled-up scraps.
2000 - Independent - He was rightly sacked because he had made such a dog's dinner of an important job.
have someone for breakfast
deal with or defeat someone with contemptuous ease - Informal
beat your breast
make a great show of sorrow or regret
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