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shirt front

the front of a shirt, especially the part that is exposed when a jacket or vest is worn.
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Origin of shirt front
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He, with a smile, had neglected to parry this attack, and I saw a thin stream of blood trickle down his shirt-front.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • If Ernest has his assailant's shirt-front, what more likely than that his assailant has Ernest's?

  • He took a napkin from the sideboard drawer and rubbed it foolishly across his shirt-front, as he spoke.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • I found Susan sponging his shirt-front, and Susan and I are as good as engaged.

  • An ornament, like a cube held flat against his shirt-front—a little golden cube, ornate with tiny bars.

  • Here, to show his pride, he hit himself with his closed fist on his shirt-front.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • At the top of the stairs I met Jimmy, very crumpled as to shirt-front and dejected as to face.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • What an enormous expanse of shirt-front Major Armstrong has!

  • Then as he stood for a moment, with the letter in his hand, he perceived that his shirt-front was stained—with her tears.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • His face was as smooth as his shirt-front, and his manner as pleasant as the cut of his coat.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White

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