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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.
See also: beat, drum, for
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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]
See also: beat, drum, for
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: beat, drum, for, someone, something
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Against the backdrop of the rising insecurity in the country and the utterances of stakeholders, he pointed out to State House correspondents that some people were already beating the drums of war.
Summary: Khanyar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 13 (ANI): National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday claimed that the incumbent ruling government is merely "beating the drums" in the name of the Balakot air strike.
'Instead beating the drums of polls that have been rejected by the people, New Delhi must understand the ground realities and take concrete steps for the resolution of the vexed dispute as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people,' it added.
LONDON -- The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has said that entire leadership of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) always openly opposed formation of a monitoring committee for the ongoing crackdown on criminals in Karachi.In a statement issued from MQM London Secretariat, party leader Nadeem Nusrat claimed that PPP had been beating the drums of celebration for the past two years over what he termed the operation against MQM.Today, for the first time, PPP has begun to see the shortcomings of Karachi operation, he said.The MQM leader said PPP, which has been putting forth its advice to MQM, should now face with allegations against itself bravely.
Then he moved forward and started beating the drums quite well, much to the amusement of the gathering.
There will also be a range of stalls, a fair and a steel pan workshop in the park, where youngsters are invited to have a go at beating the drums.
David Cameron is beating the drums louder every day.
She wrote several historical texts including Beating the Drums for Sir John Johnson (1984).
The NCP official rejected accusations that his party was beating the drums of war with South Sudan.
are constantly beating the drums of war, it is not hyperbolic to say that we are on the verge of war." Rasheed said "The indications that prove that threats are posed against Iran are the four wars launched by Israel and the U.S.