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
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British Dictionary definitions for drum out (1 of 3)

drum out

verb

(tr, adverb usually foll by of)
  1. to expel from a club, association, etc
  2. (formerly) to dismiss from military service to the beat of a drum

British Dictionary definitions for drum out (2 of 3)

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 out (3 of 3)

drum2
/ (drʌm) /

noun

Scot and Irish a narrow ridge or hill

Word Origin for drum

C18: from Scottish Gaelic druim
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Medicine definitions for drum out

drum
[ drŭm ]

n.

eardrum
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Idioms and Phrases with drum out

drum out

Expel or dismiss publicly and in disgrace, as in They drummed him out of the club. This usage, which alludes to dismissal from a military service to the beat of a drum, began to be applied to civilian expulsions in the mid-1700s.

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