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breast-beating

[ brest-bee-ting ]

noun

  1. 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.



adjective

  1. characterized by or involving breast-beating.

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Other Words From

  • breast-beater noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of breast-beating1

First recorded in 1950–55

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Example Sentences

The fact that Jewish youths behaved like this should scare even our breast-beating nationalist leaders into some soul searching.

They must have dismissed India as a soft state whose breast-beating is easily calmed by tokenism.

Red-Eye abruptly ceased his breast-beating and tooth-grinding, and ran across the timber-jam to the shore.

Breast-beating is as solitary as any other form of masturbation.

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