PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

CHEST (MEN)



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HELPFUL TIP:

Physical features should do more than simply describe how a character looks. Just like their occupation or area of giftedness, a character's appearance can say a great deal about them. Hinting at traits through clothing choices, alluding to an emotional state through movements, and highlighting certain details for comparison or contrast purposes can help readers form opinions on who the character really is.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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COMMON ACTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE WORDS TO DENOTE THEM:
Expand: inflate, swell

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • Women and men are often attracted to this part of the body; even if someone is in a committed relationship, looking (without being creepy or pervy) and appreciating this feature is healthy and normal.
  • When unease is in play, a man might rub his chest or cross his arms over this part of the body.
  • Anger, rage, and hatred are strong emotions that bring out the "fight" in fight-or-flight; the instinctive response is to make oneself look bigger and more imposing. As a result, people will thrust out or expand their chests when they're threatened. In other circumstances, this puffing up of the chest can also be an indicator of confidence and pride.

SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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BODY DESCRIPTION NOTES:
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