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hope chest

1. A piece of furniture used to store household items such as clothing and linens. The antique store had a beautiful cedar hope chest that would be a perfect addition to my bedroom furniture.
2. A young woman's collection of household items to use in her home after marriage. Sarah collected linens and sheets for her hope chest in anticipation of her new life as a married woman.
See also: chest, hope

hope chest

a chest containing linen, clothes, and household items stored by a woman in preparation for her marriage. North American
The British equivalent of this expression is bottom drawer (see drawer).
See also: chest, hope
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The outlet store also features, from other manufacturers, English-style, pine hope chests that run $350 plus $55 for shipping in a high-end department store's catalog.
Among the many caring projects accomplished by club members in 1998 were Holiday Hope Chests filled with gifts for homeless children, a hand-painted quilt for young hospice patients and a video showing how to properly brush your teeth for children in a Russian orphanage.
com)-- NBZ Apparel continues their social good impact and community support by donating 140 pairs of NBZ Boy's jeans to The Hope Chest of Lake County.
The Hope Chest has been serving Lake County for 50 years.
The Children's Aid Society is proud to announce its 8th Annual Hope Chest Auction, to be held on a new day this year, Thursday, April 4, 2002 from 6-9 p.
All proceeds from the Hope Chest Auction will fund in-home services provided by the CAS Family Intervention Program.