WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
breast-beat•ing  (brestbē′ting),USA pronunciation 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.

adj. 
  1. characterized by or involving breast-beating.
breast-beat′er, n. 
  • 1950–55

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