breast-beating

noun
breast-beat·​ing | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌbē-tiŋ How to pronounce breast-beating (audio) \

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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“Breast-beating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breast-beating. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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