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drum (something) into (someone's) head
To educate someone of something through intense and frequent repetition. The teacher tried drumming the material into their heads before the statewide exam, but he was still concerned they weren't getting it. You never listen to what I'm telling you! Do I have to drum it into your head, or what?
march to (the beat of) a different drum
To do something, act, or behave in a manner that does not conform to the standard, prevalent, or popular societal norm. My brother's eschewed the idea of a full-time career and has had every oddball job you could think of, but then he's always been happy marching to the beat of a different drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to a different drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum
To do something, act, or behave in a manner that does not conform to the standard, prevalent, or popular societal norm. My brother's eschewed the idea of a full-time career and has had every oddball job you could think of, but then he's always been happy marching to the beat of his own drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
pay with the roll of the drum
To avoid paying a debt. If you keep paying with the roll of the drum, you will soon owe me hundreds of dollars!
bang the drum
To voice one's support for something. Quit banging the drum for that candidate—he is simply not qualified for the job.
beat the drum for someone or somethingand bang the drum for someone or something
Fig. to promote or support someone or something. (As if one were beating a drum to get attention.) I spent a lot of time beating the drum for our plans for the future. The senator is only banging the drum for his special interests.
drum on something
to tap, thump, or beat on something in rhythm. Who is drumming on the table? Please stop drumming on the wall.
drum someone out of somethingand drum someone out
Fig. to expel or send someone away from something, especially in a formal or public fashion. They drummed Bill out of the bridge club for having a bad attitude. The corps drums out a few cadets each year.
drum something into someoneand drum something into someone's head; drum something in
Fig. to teach someone something intensely. Her mother had drummed good manners into her. She drummed in good manners day after day.
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drum something out
to beat a rhythm, loudly and clearly, as if teaching it to someone. Drum the rhythm out before you try to sing this song. Drum out the rhythm first.
drum something up
to obtain something by attracting people's attention to one's need or cause. I shall try to drum up support for the party. You shall have to drum up new business by advertising. I need to do something to drum some business up.
*tight as a drum
1. stretched tight. (*Also: as ~.) Julia stretched the upholstery fabric over the seat of the chair until it was as tight as a drum. The skin on his scalp is tight as a drum.
2. sealed tight. (*Also: as ~.) Now that I've caulked all the windows, the house should be tight as a drum. Your butterfly died because the jar is as tight as a drum.
3. and *tight as Midas's fist very stingy. (*Also: as ~.) He won't contribute a cent. He's as tight as a drum. Old Mr. Robinson is tight as Midas's fist. Won't spend money on anything.
beat the drum
to attract attention The president said he will beat the drum to build public support for his education program.
Usage notes: sometimes followed by for: Who is beating the drum for the parents' rights act?
drum something into somebody
to teach something to someone by frequent repetition Firefighters rely on training that's drummed into them through repeated exercises.
See also: drum
drum somebody out of something
to force someone to leave a job or organization A lot of writers and directors were drummed out of the film business in the 1950s because they were suspected of being communists.
drum up something
to create interest in something The best way to drum up excitement for a book is to get people to talk about it.
bang/beat the drum
to speak eagerly about something that you support (often + for ) Once again she was banging the drum for pre-school nurseries. The opposition parties are always beating the environmental drum.
beat into one's head
Also, knock or drum into one's head . Force one to learn something. For example, Hard as I try, I can't seem to beat the correct safe combination into my head, or He promised to drum the numbers into my head by morning, or Whether we liked it or not, the English department was determined to knock Shakespeare into our heads . Although beat implies violence, the first term, from the early 1500s, usually alludes more to a repeated striking of blows, that is, repetition or drilling; likewise with drum (alluding to drumbeats), which dates from the early 1800s.
beat the drum for
Praise, promote, publicize, as in He's always beating the drum for his division, which actually has done very well. This term transfers the literal striking of a drum for ceremonial or other purposes to touting the virtues of a person, group, or product. [Mid-1900s]
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.
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]
tight as a drum
Taut or close-fitting; also, watertight. For example, That baby's eaten so much that the skin on his belly is tight as a drum, or You needn't worry about leaks; this tent is tight as a drum. Originally this expression alluded to the skin of a drumhead, which is tightly stretched, and in the mid-1800s was transferred to other kinds of tautness. Later, however, it sometimes referred to a drum-shaped container, such as an oil drum, which had to be well sealed to prevent leaks, and the expression then signified "watertight."
1. To bring something about by continuous, persistent effort: The advertising firm drummed up new business for us. The manager tried to drum interest up in the computer training classes.
2. To obtain or resourcefully put together something that one needs; come up with something: The witness drummed up an alibi during the trial. We drummed some volunteers up for the project.
beat the drum for someone/something
tv. to promote or support someone or something. I spent a lot of time beating the drum for our plans for the future.