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1‘the steady drum of raindrops’
beat, rhythm, patter, tap, chatter, pounding, thump, thumping, thud, thudding, rattle, rattling, pitter-patter, rat-a-tat, pit-a-pat, thrum, tattoo, vibration, throb, throbbing, pulsation
archaic bicker, clacket
2‘a drum of radioactive waste’
canister, barrel, cylinder, tank, bin, can
container, receptacle, holder, vessel, repository
1‘she drummed her fingers on the desktop’
tap, beat, rap, knock, strike, thud, thump, hit
2‘an unwritten law which was drummed into us at school’
instil, drive, drive home, din, hammer, drill, drub, implant, ingrain, inculcate
teach over and over again, indoctrinate, brainwash
‘he was drummed out of office’
expel from, dismiss from, discharge from, throw out of, oust from
drive out of, get rid of, thrust out of, push out of
exclude from, banish from
give someone the boot, boot out, kick out, give someone their marching orders, give someone the bullet, give someone the push, show someone the door, send packing
‘he was drumming up business for his new investment company’
round up, gather, collect
summon, obtain, get, attract
canvass, solicit, petition, bid for
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