It was largely an act of performance, designated to drum up domestic support and draw international attention back to Palestine.
Howard Kurtz on the conservative campaign to drum up support for the divisive congressman.
At the turn of the century, zoos displaying so-called primitive cultures were used to drum up public support for colonialism.
One hundred years ago, Senegalese natives were put on display in Norway to drum up support for colonialism.
Or, as MacFarlane put it afterwards, “We did this to drum up Emmy votes, so we could lose by fewer votes.”
Professor, you seem to have about everything; can you drum up a cigar and a match?
Let Johnson send his little Boswell out to drum up information.
Besides the flock of witnesses that we can drum up, he'll have those letters that we were talking about a while back.
But he could not drum up even a dutiful "Oh, she doesn't really need you, does she?"
His stock in trade is religion, and hes got just as much right to show goods and try to drum up trade as the next one, aint he?
1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.
1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.
To stimulate; promote: Go drum up a little enthusiasm for this turkey (1849+)