Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRUMMED

Members that never attended were drummed up to vote against the bill.

You deserve to be drummed out of the town for a minister's son that you are!

Mrs. Trent drummed with her fingers on the table and looked thoughtful.

He hesitated and drummed with his fingers on the thick creamy pages.

Why, she's drummed away at that polka for six months and she can't get her grip on it yet.

There was a slight pause as Sims drummed impatiently on the phone.

Mr. Knight drummed lightly and nervously on the table-cloth.

Belfast drummed on the side of the bulkhead with a piece of iron.

I was that mad, sir, at the time, I drummed up the whole contingent.

The cone was drummed upon as if in vigorous promise of success.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.