Idioms

    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)

Related forms

un·der·drum·ming, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drum up (1 of 3)

drum up

verb

(tr, adverb) to evoke or obtain (support, business, etc) by solicitation or canvassing

British Dictionary definitions for drum up (2 of 3)

drum

1
/ (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 up (3 of 3)

drum

2
/ (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 up

drum

[ drŭm ]

n.

eardrum

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Idioms and Phrases with drum up

drum up

1

Bring about by persistent effort, as in I'm trying to drum up more customers, or We have to drum up support for this amendment. This expression alludes to making repeated drumbeats. [Mid-1800s]


2

Devise, invent, obtain, as in He hoped to drum up an alibi. [Mid-1800s]

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