breast-beating

breast-beat·ing

(brĕst′bē′tĭng)
n.
A loud, self-conscious demonstration of emotion, especially of remorse.

breast-beating

n
public or ostentatious expression of guilt, remorse, or sorrow

breast′-beat`ing



n.
a loud, demonstrative, and often exaggerated display of grief, remorse, or the like.
[1950–55]
breast′-beat`er, n.
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Red-Eye abruptly ceased his breast-beating and tooth-grinding, and ran across the timber-jam to the shore.
It asks little of us: No fasting or renunciation, no breast-beating, no synagogue-attendance, no declaration of faith is required.
If a nation's greatness were to be measured in terms of its GNP (gross national product) or the excellence of each individual citizen in the pursuit of his calling, then we deserve some breast-beating.
Last month, Manila Bulletin had a full-page breast-beating ad about Tanduay winning the Brand of the Year prize at the World Branding forum on September 14 at Kensington Palace, London.
I find that I do not admire Serra for his form of holiness, the endless flagellations and literal breast-beating, as well as not taking care of his health.
All too many American interventions in the past 40 years, notwithstanding periodic breast-beating about the "Vietnam syndrome," indicate that the lessons of the unnecessary conflict in Indochina remain largely unlearned.
Unfortunately, by universalizing the parental breast-beating, Hush Hush moves into the murky territory of moral relativism.
True, 'hype' does generate high expectations, but the sense of loss that comes in a subsequent defeat does not have to be ventilated with much breast-beating and shedding tears, much less through staged acts of smashing (old) TV sets, vandalising the homes of cricketers and hurling abuses at the players and their friends, relatives-and girl friends.
No breast-beating and forelock-tugging on my behalf, please.
But the two cops were absolutely floored by the sincerity of her breast-beating and contrition.
And for all the breast-beating and wailing Ricardo and his fellow Brazilians understand that even the support of the world's most passionate footballing nation could not compensate for the deciencies of a mediocre team.
Certainly his First Violin Concerto is a strong piece, personal and engaging, but we have heard so much of its material in other breast-beating works by the composer.