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Difference between Get something off one’s chest and Make a clean breast of something

get something off one’s chest—talk about worrisome thoughts or feelings to smb. so that it doesn’t bother one anymore:

  • I finally talked to him and was able to get some of my problems off my chest.

make a clean breast of somethingfully confess to smth. bad or illegal:

  • He denied the Montreal story, admitted it, denied it again, and then, weeping, made a clean breast of both episodes.