drum out(redirected from drum out someone)
1. To beat the rhythm of something, such as a song, so that someone can learn it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drum" and "out." Drum it out again, and I'll try to play along this time.
2. To oust someone publicly, often amid scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drum" and "out." The CEO was drummed out once the papers started reporting on his embezzlement of company funds.
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drum something out
to beat a rhythm, loudly and clearly, as if teaching it to someone. Drum the rhythm out before you try to sing this song. Drum out the rhythm first.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Expel or dismiss publicly and in disgrace, as in They drummed him out of the club. This usage, which alludes to dismissal from a military service to the beat of a drum, began to be applied to civilian expulsions in the mid-1700s.
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.