chest-thump·​ing ˈches(t)-ˌthəm-piŋ How to pronounce chest-thumping (audio)
: conduct or expression marked by pompous or arrogant self-assertion
political chest-thumping

Examples of chest-thumping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chest-thumping challenges from both men appeared to speak to a new form of macho aggression in a culture more associated with cutthroat industry practices than hand-to-hand violence. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chest-thumping was in 1948

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“Chest-thumping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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