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

be ostentatiously in support of.
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Contrast all that with Coun Mike Whitby, who has stood steadfast against the personal criticism thrown at him and who is in a position to - and does - bang the drum for our great city.
CANNOCK Chase MP Aidan Burley has pledged to bang the drum for Midland business transport needs after being appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport.
Dear Editor, It is excellent news for Birmingham that one of its most prominent and able sons has been appointed to a Cabinet post (Sir Digby: I'll bang the drum for Brum, Post June 30).
Mr McCabe said: "These are difficult economic times and one of my most important tasks as an MP is to bang the drum for Birmingham and showcase what we have to offer global companies.
Dear Editor, - So the way to help influence the national and international media's perception of Birmingham is to establish an office in London (Bang the drum for Brum, Post, Jan 21).
The Brum Beats Collection will bang the drum for local talent and serve as a permanent archive of the city's thriving musical scene.