breast-beating

noun
breast-beat·​ing | \ˈbres(t)-ˌbē-tiŋ \

Definition of breast-beating 

: noisy demonstrative protestation (as of grief, anger, or self-recrimination)

First Known Use of breast-beating

1916, in the meaning defined above

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