Meaning of breast-beating


Pronunciation: (brest'bē"ting), [key]
— n.
  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.
  1. characterized by or involving breast-beating.
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