[ brest-bee-ting ]
/ ˈbrɛstˌbi tɪŋ /


a loud and demonstrative display of grief, remorse, or the like: The authorities indulged in a great deal of breast-beating about traffic accidents but failed to pass new driving laws.


characterized by or involving breast-beating.

Origin of breast-beating

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formsbreast-beat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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