tub-thumping

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tub-thumping

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.

tub-thumping

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
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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Killer hooks, sumptuous harmonies and tub thumping drums are a staple of live show that never disappoints.
Now we get a deafening cacophony of tub thumping followed by a snatch of Blaydon Races, a few bars of O Fortuna and the final part of Local Hero.
IALWAYS think of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel as a proper rock band with a strong beat and tub thumping noise.
But the most telling point, and the one that this law-abiding democrat considers the most important, is that under the current, and very wise leadership of this beloved country, not only can I still enjoy a crispy, cold one without having to listen to such tub thumping, but I'm also allowed to write letters that criticise such attitudes and have them printed in a national newspaper.
But if you can hold the flag waving and tub thumping for a minute the four clubs in question are three with a long tradition and rich history and a small, West London club choking on a Russian oligarch's cash.
After years of pestering, shouting, tub thumping etc, the NFU had finally managed to push the Government into launching a strategy to combat bovine TB.
The right-winger did a lot of tub thumping and tried to make the right noises for party activists.
The Real Madrid recruit's arrival in front of the world's media was greeted with loud operatic music and a tub thumping speech from president Florentino Perez.
After his refusal to indulge in tub thumping about the deficit, Wall Street reacted swiftly.
Our American counterparts may pledge an oath of allegiance to such tub thumping overkill, but we'll stay immune.
But I'm still struggling to decipher the hidden meaning in Mick McCarthy's triumphalist tub thumping this week.
A bit of tub thumping and flag waving never hurt a heart bursting with pride and passion.
Iain Duncan Smith is not the usual tub thumping political leader.
At gigs last year there was almost more Fair Trade tub thumping than music.
Itwas written by Alice Nutter, a former member of anarchist band Chumbawamba, but you won't catch me making any lame, tub thumping "jokes" about struggling postman Wayne (who did his back in after slipping on some chips) getting knocked down and then getting back up again.