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drum up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drum up gather "drum up support"
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Usage

In literature:

At last the coverings were taken from the gilded chariot; fifes and drums struck up a tune.
"Harper's Young People, July 13, 1880" by Various
The time chanced to be about the outbreak of the Crimean War, and they were "drumming up" for the army.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
O haste ye, get up, for the drums do beat; O fye, Cope!
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
Looking up, he had seen the drum, and there was no more cable on the drum to be unwound.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
But there had come a noise of the drums and a sound of the trumpets, and she had flown away from me up to her own abode.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Parties went about from place to place beating up volunteers with the drum.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Lewis lined up his men, beat his drums, fired the great swivel piece to impress the savages.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
Oughter have some flags to hang up in the boats, and mebbe a drum corps to help out.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
She rose to go in, but just at that moment she heard a low drumming up the street.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
A little more work and one end of the cable is up over the bows round my drum.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She hung up her Drum on a peg, while she watched the women husking the rice.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
She got up from her chair, went to the window, and began drumming on the window-pane.
"Nanny Merry" by Anonymous
The drum and fife started up and the ballet commenced.
"My Private Menagerie" by Theophile Gautier
The notion that Old Nick, is always around drumming up business is an example of the inordinate vanity of man.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Up in the sky I have a kettle-drum.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Did you hear the drums when you went up-stairs?
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
Quail started up before us with their whir of softly drumming wings and disappeared into the thick cover of timber.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Mr. Constable's aptitudes lay in the line of drumming up business.
"The Case and Exceptions" by Frederick Trevor Hill
They kept up an unceasing pattering upon these drums as they rode along.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
They set up a most terrific noise with their drums and trumpets, and yelled awfully.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
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In poetry:

Up, lad, up, 'tis late for lying:
Hear the drums of morning play;
Hark, the empty highways crying
"Who'll beyond the hills away?"
"IV: Reveille" by A E Housman
But a day is coming when little feet drumming
Will wake you up to find them—
All the old sheep—how your heart will leap!—
With their big little lambs behind them!
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
I HATE that Andrew Jones; he'll breed
His children up to waste and pillage.
I wish the press-gang or the drum
With its tantara sound would come,
And sweep him from the village!
"Andrew Jones" by William Wordsworth
Therefore throw open the gates of the city of Dundee,
And receive him with loud cheers, three time three,
And sound your trumpets and beat your drums,
And play up, See the Conquering Hero Comes!
"A Tribute to Henry M. Stanley" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now the pipes are playing, now the drums are beat,
Now the strong battalions are marching up the street.
But the pipes will not be playing and the bayonets will not shine.
When the regiments I dream of come stumbling down the line.
"Before The Summer" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
I cross my floor with a nervous tread,
I whistle and laugh and sing and shout,
I flourish my cane above his head,
And stir up the fire to roast him out;
I topple the chairs, and drum on the pane,
And press my hands on my ears, in vain!
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

It's hard to drum up much intensity when one team has nothing tangible left to play for.
While drumming up support for a Nov 6 higher education bond referendum, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr said New Jersey was the only state in the nation to decrease support for its colleges and universities.
Courtesy the city of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids planning staff are distributing a "Quality of LIFE" boardgame to drum up public feedback on the future of Michigan Street.
Fort Drum Vehicle Storage warehouse, Morrison Street vacant lot will go up for auction.
I as I walked up a flight of stairs filled with drums to the left, scattered mail to the right microphone and more drums made the stairway and obstacle course.
Fundraisers Enlist Stars to Drum Up Donations.
Falcon 's brother Ryo, age twelve, tears up the drums, and Bradford, thirteen, shreds a guitar.
Over the past few weeks, both Falk and Barrett have been touring the state to drum up support for their campaigns.
What's really cool is they set up a camera behind his set at a show and most of what you can hear is the drums.
Robert "Baba" Crowder, 82, was a fixture at… (T. Growing up in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Robert Crowder began drumming on wooden crates and other found objects.
House leaders drum up support for gaming bill.
Colorado Springs Utilities is trying to drum up business for the local company that invented sulfur dioxide scrubbers that are now at the center of a community debate about the future of the Martin Drake Power Plant downtown.
Use it to drum up business, locate new customers, and boost your brand's reputation.
Pac Am changes to drum up interest.
Robert Champion was poised to move up in the hierarchy and become the lead drum major for Florida A&M University's celebrated Marching 100 band.
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