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