from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Slang To argue for or promote something vigorously: "is tub-thumping for a six-month limit on the legislative session” ( David Nyhan).
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They just don't tub-thump about it, they quietly do good.
Some overtly tub-thump for conservative causes and the Conservative Party.
Last weekend saw one especially notable case in point when the foremost firebrand of the anti-Washington movement, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, arrived to tub-thump for her fellow "constitutional conservatives" - only to find the state's top Republican candidates way too "busy," apparently, to be seen with her.
Then again, Fantastic Mr Fox comes stuffed with big-name voice talent - and many of the stars, George Clooney and Bill Murray among them, were in town to tub-thump on Mr Fox's behalf.
Spike Lee will bring his World War II drama "Miracle at St. Anna," Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear will tub-thump for the comedy "Ghost Town," and the cop drama "Pride and Glory" will bring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell.