chest-beat·​ing ˈches(t)-ˌbē-tiŋ How to pronounce chest-beating (audio)
variants or chest beating
: chest-thumping
His nationalist chest-beating also stirred up United States hostility toward his administration.Alan Riding, New York Times Magazine, 16 Sept. 1979
chest-beating adjective
To the city of Seattle, it's a moment of chest-beating civic pride. Steve Kandell, Spin, September 2008

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chest-beating was in 1937

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“Chest-beating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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