Definition of beat (or bang) the drum for (or against) in US English:

beat (or bang) the drum for (or against)


  • Be ostentatiously in support of (or in opposition to)

    ‘he limited campaign contributions in order to beat the drum against political action committees’
    ‘he bangs the drum of the free market’
    • ‘Deputy chair of Scottish Enterprise, he bangs the drum for business formation, pushing resources into the best growth prospects.’
    • ‘She said: ‘It is absolutely vital we have an assembly with political clout which can bang the drum for the region over transport.’’
    • ‘And I'll continue to beat the drum for those companies and agencies brave enough to push the proverbial envelope.’
    • ‘Now we have to got to beat the drum of English Heritage.’
    • ‘While Hewitt bangs the drum for Edinburgh, he lives in Glasgow's west end.’
    • ‘What we have here, not unexpectedly, is a publisher banging the drum for his book.’
    • ‘Tom Wilson will keep banging the drum for Prestwick regardless of what happens this week.’
    • ‘Eyre certainly suffers his share of trials, however, and is often exhausted by the constant pressure of banging the drum for subsidised theatre.’
    • ‘They should be… balancing their coverage, not banging the drum for one side or the other.’
    • ‘Mr Baker added: ‘People do knock Bradford, there is a lot of doom- and gloom-mongering, but we are banging the drum for the city.’’