Definition of tub-thumping in English:

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informal, derogatory


Expressing opinions in a loud or aggressive manner: a tub-thumping speech
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  • Despite a tub-thumping speech at conference he has proved himself lazy and self-regarding in the race so far.
  • The platform at the front of the stage rises up like a pulpit, as Neil suddenly comes on like a crazed tub-thumping preacher man, delivering a bizarre sermon which starts off tongue-in-cheek, and ends up largely sincere.
  • He is likely to be more upbeat, less highbrow, but nonetheless less tub-thumping than most home affairs spokesmen when he speaks to delegates at 3pm today.


[mass noun]
The expression of opinions in a loud or aggressive way: where I had expected bluster and tub-thumping, I got sweetly understated humour
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  • As an account of a dazzling wartime exploit, the apotheosis of boffinry, the film isn't above a certain amount of tub-thumping, but the director also knows that there are moments when it's the silent tub that makes the most noise.…
  • Where I had expected bluster and tub-thumping, I got sweetly understated humour.
  • After the initial tub-thumping, the author settles down to offer a sensibly inclusive, broad-church definition of jazz.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʌbθʌmpə/
Example sentences
  • But others berate him as an inflexible tub-thumper who harangues his charges and treats adults like children.
  • And it's true that tub-thumpers looking for explicit invectives against the former Mayor will want to take their ire elsewhere.
  • And just because you don't see 45 million tub-thumpers doesn't mean that we don't have them.

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