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Forceful or aggressive promotion of one's agenda through public speech or other means. Primarily heard in UK. I wish they would quit their tub-thumping and get on with the show. We don't care about their politics.

thump on (someone or something)

To beat or pound on someone or something with force. The two brothers thump on each other all the time, but they're really very close. The manager thumped on the table to bring some order to the meeting.
See also: on, thump


Tub-thumping is used as an adjective and a noun to describe people's behaviour when they are supporting an idea or course of action in a loud and forceful way. Economic recovery does not depend on tub-thumping speeches from politicians, but on the Government creating jobs. The players neither need, nor will respond to, tub-thumping. Note: You can call someone who behaves in this way a tub-thumper. Marsh was far from being a tub-thumper. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: People sometimes used to refer to pulpits (= the place in a church where the priest stands to speak) as `tubs', especially when talking humorously about nonconformist preachers. The image is of a preacher banging the pulpit with his fist to emphasize his message.
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Prime Minister, Muhammed Nawaz Sharif, Minister, Leaders of the Opposition in National Assembly and the Senate and other Parliamentarians kept standing at the seats and continued desks thumping for quite some time.
When he oversaw Celtic's first European game this week (an embarrassing 1-0 thumping by part-time waiters in Gibraltar), Rodgers (left) said: "There is obvious disappointment.
Over three-quarters of the cyber-supporters named the euphoric 4-1 thumping of Sir Alex Ferguson's hapless United last weekend as the most complete display by a Middlesbrough team they had seen in a decade of dramatic encounters.
Gary Speed gave United hope with a thumping header, but a predatory strike from Barry Hayles wrapped up Fulham's fully-deserved triumph.
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WIRRAL BIBS moved their goal difference up to 124 for the season with another thumping victory in the Wirral Wednesday five-a-side league.
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SWINDON TOWN, sponsored by The People, pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the FA Cup first round when thumping Huddersfield 4-1.
The dramatic scenes unfold in tonight's double-bill episode of River City, with Bob thumping the chef from Chicago for deflowering his girlfriend Charlie.
My rabbit has recently started thumping his feet up and down.
IT was bleak in Leek as Tamworth edged into the second round - Rob Warner's thumping 20-yard strike settling a scrappy Staffordshire derby.