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drum up

verb

Definition of drum up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring about by persistent effort <drum up some business>

  3. 2 :  invent, originate <drum up a new method>



Examples of drum up in a sentence

  1. <anyone who drums up a better way of doing this tedious task will make a fortune>



1830

First Known Use of drum up

1830


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