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    beat the drum

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It has been noticed that when a newspaper of a certain type lights on an incident which enables it all once to exhibit virtue and beat the drum of its own policy, it will exploit that incident… without regard to the susceptibility of individuals. (Galsworthy’s “Flowering Wilderness”, chapter XXII)

    beat the drum = praise, boast up loudly

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 03-Sep-2010 at 15:47.

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    Re: beat the drum

    Yes. Ive also seen the phrase followed by the preposition for.

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