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beat the drum (for)

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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Shortly before Fajr prayers, the drummers, also known as dholchis, walk about in the streets beating the drums and shouting and calling the people to wake up and prepare for a fast.
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.
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.
are beating the drums for their World of Drumming music curriculum (worldmusicdrumming.