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tub +‎ thump.


tubthump (third-person singular simple present tubthumps, present participle tubthumping, simple past and past participle tubthumped)

  1. To aggressively attract attention for something
    • 2003, Janet Wasko, How Hollywood Works, page 233:
      tubthump to promote or draw attention to, from the ancient show business custom of actors wandering the streets banging on tubs to drum up business.
    • 2004, Martin Rowson, And Another Thing...: The Book of Rants, page 2:
      Yet I was pleasantly surprised to discover that some celebs can tubthump with the best of them. Who'd have thought that Julia Roberts would take a career-damaging swipe at her own government.