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side drum

noun
  1. snare drum.
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Origin of side drum

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for side drum

Historical Examples

  • Come in—you will find pen, ink, and paper on the side-drum in the corner.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • I seated myself, silently wondering what might be the use of the side-drum in the corner.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • A rataplan on a side-drum feebly played in the street outside!

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)


British Dictionary definitions for side drum

side drum

noun
  1. a small double-headed drum carried at the side with snares that produce a rattling effect
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