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A loud, emotional expression of remorse.‘the breast-beating of American media commentators’as modifier ‘the breast-beating advocates of the people’
- ‘So there is much breast-beating in hospitals these days.’
- ‘The singer phrases with eloquence, without degrading into Romantic breast-beating.’
- ‘In the aftermath of a victory on Election Day, the breast-beating and halo-preening exercises have intensified.’
- ‘Her approach is light and luckily devoid of that ominous breast-beating cliché.’
- ‘That breast-beating and everything, I mean, look where we are now.’
- ‘I'm always torn between believing his breast-beating woe and assuming it's just a ruse.’
- ‘We attune ourselves to the beat of drums; gradually, we realise that it is the rhythm of ritual breast-beating.’
- ‘Expect plenty of breast-beating in the future from the press and civil rights advocates.’
- ‘By indulging in metaphorical breast-beating, he conveyed a smug sense that the country can do no wrong.’
- ‘Cultures vary wildly in the behaviors they deem appropriate at the death of a loved one, from breast-beating to acceptance.’
- ‘His innovations freed the stage from the breast-beating style adopted by too many of the lesser players.’
- ‘If you read the pages of any Indian publication here, you might encounter a lot of breast-beating about apathy among Indians.’
- ‘The editorials and breast-beating must look quaint and mystifying at the very least.’
- ‘Do you remember the breast-beating about attacks on that religious group?’
- ‘First we had the breast-beating from countless outraged callers to radio phone-ins.’
- ‘They wanted a spectacle: breast-beating, remorse, tears if possible.’
- ‘The writer's mischievousness is perfect for a story that's ‘not about breast-beating,’ she says, but ‘about fun.’’
- ‘Despite more than a thousand books and endless breast-beating, no satisfactory account has yet appeared.’
- ‘I appreciate anything which goes some way in countering the breast-beating of other hospital dramas.’
- ‘Broadcasters will find ways to cope, though between now and then there will be plenty of breast-beating and tantrums.’
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