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beat (one's) breast

To publicly express emotions or views that one does not actually feel or support. During election season, all the candidates beat their breasts about how much they love our communities—and then they get into office and slash community initiatives.
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beat your chest

COMMON If someone beats their breast or beats their chest, they publicly show regret or anger about something that has happened. At this month's meeting of the party's Central Committee, the party leader beat his breast with ritual self-criticism. Why don't you both stop beating your chests and do something productive? Note: You can describe the action of doing this as breast-beating or chest-beating. His breast-beating on behalf of the working classes always seemed false to me. Note: You usually use these expressions to suggest that the person is not being sincere but is trying to draw attention to himself or herself.
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beat your breast

make a great show of sorrow or regret.
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You beat your chest and order to bomb Marawi and lick the boots of the US military for providing you the rifles and jetfighters,' the CPP added.
A Grand Slam means you've beaten everyone and that gives you a right to beat your chest a little bit," said Jones, who added his overwhelming priority is to win the 2019 World Cup.
He said: "A Grand Slam means you've beaten everyone and that gives you a right to beat your chest a little bit.
Along with visuals featuring embarrassing quotes by Sony execs (including one where a Sony spokesperson called Nintendo's better-selling Wii "more of a novelty"), charts featuring the declining price of PS3s on eBay, and a store display in which an Xbox 360 is hidden behind a PS3 cut-out, the song excoriates Sony while praising competitors, especially the 360: "You make your console cost the most/You beat your chest and proudly boast/Despite no good exclusive games/You make a bunch of ridiculous claims.