- 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
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Examples from the Web for breast-beating
The fact that Jewish youths behaved like this should scare even our breast-beating nationalist leaders into some soul searching.Violence and Discourse: A Response to Yousef Munayer
August 30, 2012