Definition of beat one's breast in English:

beat one's breast

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  • Make an exaggerated show of sorrow, despair, or regret.

    • ‘In contrast to Antony's desire to blame anyone but himself, Cleopatra spends much of her first speech beating her breast.’
    • ‘I bet you are wailing and gnashing your teeth and beating your breast with many small whips as you ponder this.’
    • ‘He admits he has done wrong but refuses to beat his breast or elaborate on his plea.’
    • ‘At the peak of her ambiguous angst, she beats her breast in sappy mourning upon the death of her father.’
    • ‘Let's all hope that the politician does more than beats his breast and really gives us an impartial look at corporate America.’

Definition of beat one's breast in English:

beat one's breast

phrase