beat the drum for

(redirected from bang the drum for)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

beat the drum (for someone or something)

To voice one's support for something. Quit beating the drum for that applicant—he is simply not qualified for the job. At first the legislation didn't seem to have much support, but recently I've seen some people beating the drum online.
See also: beat, drum, someone

beat the drum for someone or something

 and 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.
See also: beat, drum

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]
See also: beat, drum

beat (or bang) the drum for (or of)

be ostentatiously in support of.
See also: beat, drum
References in periodicals archive ?
In the recent report in your paper Sir Digby said he would bang the drum for Brum: in which case there is another opportunity that should not be missed.
YOUNGSTERS and adults gathered in Birmingham to bang the drum for multi-culturalism.
The deal is simple enough: they pay up to pounds 15,000 a year, promise to bang the drum for Brum whenever possible, and in return are able to tap into Marketing Birmingham's extensive resources.
Already a big noise in the world of food, Jamie Oliver was all too happy to bang the drum for a culinary showcase on its opening day at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham yesterday.