breast-beating

[ brest-bee-ting ]
/ ˈbrɛstˌbi tɪŋ /

noun

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

characterized by or involving breast-beating.

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Origin of breast-beating

First recorded in 1950–55

OTHER WORDS FROM breast-beating

breast-beater, noun
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