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breast-beating

[brest-bee-ting] /ˈbrɛstˌbi tɪŋ/
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
2.
characterized by or involving breast-beating.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
Related forms
breast-beater, noun
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