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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

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Idioms for drum

    beat the drum, to promote, publicize, or advertise: The boss is out beating the drum for a new product.

Origin of drum

1
1535–45; back formation from drumslade drum, drummer, alteration of Dutch or Low German trommelslag drumbeat, equivalent to trommel drum + slag beat (akin to slagen to beat; cognate with slay)

OTHER WORDS FROM drum

un·der·drum·ming, noun

Definition for drum (2 of 2)

drum2
[ druhm ]
/ drʌm /

noun Scot., Irish English.

a long, narrow hill or ridge.

Origin of drum

2
1715–25; < Irish and Scots Gaelic druim
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British Dictionary definitions for drum (1 of 2)

drum1
/ (drʌm) /

noun

verb drums, drumming or drummed

See also drum out, drum up

Word Origin for drum

C16: probably from Middle Dutch tromme, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for drum (2 of 2)

drum2
/ (drʌm) /

noun

Scot and Irish a narrow ridge or hill

Word Origin for drum

C18: from Scottish Gaelic druim
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Medical definitions for drum

drum
[ drŭm ]

n.

eardrum
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