Meaning of “beat your breast/chest” in the English Dictionary

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"beat your breast/chest" in British English

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beat your breast/chest

to show how sad or guilty you feel in an obvious or public way:

There's no point in beating your breast about losing the money - you won't get it back.

(Definition of “beat your breast/chest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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