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get (something) off (one's) chest

To reveal or discuss something that has caused one emotional discomfort and that one has repressed, kept hidden, or neglected to discuss earlier. I'm sorry but I just have to get something off my chest. How could you treat me like that last night?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get something off one's chest

to unburden oneself; to confess something; to criticize or make a personal complaint to someone. You will feel better if you get it off your chest. I have to get this off my chest. I'm tired of your rudeness to me!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get (something) off (one's) chest

To vent one's pent-up feelings.
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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.

get (something) off one's chest, to

To unburden oneself of a secret, criticism, worry, or the like. The London Daily Chronicle of 1902 is cited by the OED: “To deliver a message to the world or to express the individual personality—to ‘get it off your chest’ is the horrid vulgar phrase.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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