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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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When George Osborne was tub-thumping on the Wirral before the election over the bridges, he dangled a few carrots to parts of the region with free crossings, most notably to the Wirral when he was trying to get Esther McVey elected in Wirral West (luckily, she never got in).
And had we seen that kind of commitment, that kind of tub-thumping passion when he was PM, he'd still be in the job.
In football, despite SNP tub-thumping, Scotland will be outside the EU and many Scottish players with English clubs would fail existing and proposed FA legislation on non-EU players.
Early this month Stephen Catchpole was announced as the new chief executive of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership amid much tub-thumping.
45pm THE usual BBC teatime fare is interrupted today by the draw for next summer's European Championship finals and the English tub-thumping has already started, writes James Milton.
What if she has the same appetite as cougar icon Demi Moore but looks more like her fat, hairy, tub-thumping compatriot Michael Moore.
The tub-thumping masks a fear the DVLA will discover he's practically blind and colour blind in his one good eye - which is why he stops on green at traffic lights.
The tub-thumping message was delivered by Ruddock as Gatland's men get ready to defend their title in today's mouth-watering Murray field showdown in Scotland.
People are increasingly interested in understanding the world," says 10 Francs founder Guy Knafo, who was tub-thumping astronomy guide "Journey Into Space" and docu special "Cultivating the Desert," about Dubai's current culture drive.
Paid by a national newspaper before the 1998 World Cup to issue some tub-thumping, patriotic words, old 'Safe Hands' insisted his interview should be published under the sensational headline ' We'll Give A Good Account Of Ourselves'.
It came at another tub-thumping rally in which business was urged to do even more.
The escalating mayhem in Iraq suggests Bush and his far-right advisers are listening to nothing but their own tub-thumping.
The Labour Party's annual conference was drawing to a close today with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attempting to rally delegates' spirits with his traditional tub-thumping, closing speech.
He's juggling duties with the group - in addition to its current tour, it's gearing up to start a new album - with tub-thumping for his new solo CD, ``Dreams.
Few subjects inspire more tub-thumping in Congress than the virtues of honest toil.