I need to clear my chest

This one was heard on the TLC t.v. show, “My 600 lb. Life”.  In context, it is a congruent conflation of “clear the air” and “get it off my chest”, both meaning to discuss or otherwise confront a troubling situation.   Certainly weighing 600 pounds could be a troubling situation.  Of course, taken literally, one may want to try a steam shower or an inhaler for really nasty chest congestion.   A big thank you to regular malaphor contributor Mike Kovacs!


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