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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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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.
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We brought out the whisky Beat the Dram to commemorate our Loch Ness Concert which was entitled Beat The Drum.
The hitcom is on a two-week hiatus while Kelsey returns to form, giving Jane some extra time to focus on her non-``Frasier'' activities - continuing to beat the drum for the inspiring ``Music of the Heart,'' in which she plays a socialite who comes to the aid of the Meryl Streep character and her inner-city music students.
The Scottish Sun - run by Englishmen in Glasgow - has been trying to beat the drum for our Braveheart Scottish squad.
As the longest-running Energizer bunny for supply-side economics, Kemp has relentlessly beat the drum for smaller, less-intrusive government.
They can beat the drum for teamwork and excellence and open communication, but no one will dance to their tune if they fail to make the person-to-person gestures that say, "I value you," or "You did good work.
They beat the drums of 35 punctures for four months but they did not even speak a word about it before JC", she said this while talking to media men after his appearance before JC here.
Around the council table, Fedeli is doing all he can to beat the drums of business.
Unfortunately, that opportunity was missed to some extent because the administration was slow to respond, allowing our critics to beat the drums of anti-American sentiment for days.
Brian Byrnes brought his career tally over jumps to five with a judicious front-running ride on 16-1 shot Beat The Drums in the maiden hurdle.
Challenge organiser Nick Button, whose wife Delia suffers from multiple sclerosis, was among the Beat the Drums team.