beat your breast

to make it obvious by your actions that you are very upset or sorry about something

Everybody's beating their breasts but nobody actually does anything.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • beat your breast — phrase to make it obvious by your actions that you are very upset or sorry about something Everybody’s beating their breasts but nobody actually does anything. Thesaurus: to say or show that you are sorrysynonym Main entry: beat * * * beat your… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat your breast — beat (your) breast to publicly pretend that you feel sad or guilty. Managers are beating their breasts about the loss of 50 jobs, but staff suspect more redundancies are on the way …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat breast — beat (your) breast to publicly pretend that you feel sad or guilty. Managers are beating their breasts about the loss of 50 jobs, but staff suspect more redundancies are on the way …   New idioms dictionary

  • breast-beating — beat (your) breast to publicly pretend that you feel sad or guilty. No amount of breast beating will bring back those who died in the crash …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat — beat1 W2S2 [bi:t] v past tense beat past participle beaten [ˈbi:tn] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(competition/election)¦ 2¦(hit)¦ 3¦(hit against)¦ 4¦(do better)¦ 5¦(be better)¦ 6¦(food)¦ 7¦(control/deal with)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beat — I UK [biːt] / US [bɪt] verb Word forms beat : present tense I/you/we/they beat he/she/it beats present participle beating past tense beat past participle beaten UK [ˈbiːt(ə)n] / US [ˈbɪt(ə)n] *** 1) [transitive] to defeat someone in a game,… …   English dictionary

  • breast — 1 noun 1 PART OF A WOMAN S BODY (C) one of the two round raised parts of a woman s body that produce milk when she has a baby: a woman with a baby at the breast | breast cancer 2 CHEST (C) the part of your body between your neck and your stomach …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • breast — breast1 [brest] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(woman s body)¦ 2¦(chest)¦ 3¦(bird)¦ 4¦(meat)¦ 5¦(clothes)¦ 6 make a clean breast of it/things 7¦(emotions)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: breost] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beat — 1 verb /bi:t/ past tense beat past participle beaten / bi:tn/ 1 DEFEAT (T) a) to get the most points, votes etc in a game, race, or competition: Brazil were beaten in the final 2 1. | I could always beat my brother at chess. | beat sb hollow… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • breast — noun 1 part of a woman s body ADJECTIVE ▪ ample, big, enormous, full, heavy, large ▪ little, small ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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