Definition of drum something into in English:

drum something into

phrasal verb

  • Make (someone) learn something by constant repetition.

    ‘it had been drummed into them to dress correctly’
    • ‘Some people say I'm like a parrot, because I keep trying to drum good habits into players, day after day.’
    • ‘Later, talking of the need to drum instructions into players, he recalls, as he does elsewhere, a recorded message in a New York lift repeating the words ‘mind the stairs‘.’
    • ‘Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand never had any careers advice - his teachers had to drag him from the football pitch to drum some education into him.’
    • ‘Somebody's got to drum some sense into that thick skull of yours.’
    • ‘I've never agreed that you just play out the end of the season and I've been drumming the message into the players all week.’
    • ‘Daniel watched all that and he learned from it and I drummed it into him not to make the mistakes I made.’
    • ‘For drumming this lethal message into our heads media commissars are rewarded with lavish salaries, status and privilege.’
    • ‘The manners we learn as kids are drummed into our heads by rote, much like multiplication tables.’
    • ‘Those words have been drummed into schoolchildren for decades.’
    • ‘This is far more powerful and persuasive as propaganda than anything that could be achieved by crude state power directly drumming its message into the heads of the population.’
    instil, drive, drive home, din, hammer, drill, drub, implant, ingrain, inculcate
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