drum up


drummed up; drumming up; drums up

transitive verb

: to bring about by persistent effort
drum up some business
: invent, originate
drum up a new method

Examples of drum up in a Sentence

anyone who drums up a better way of doing this tedious task will make a fortune
Recent Examples on the Web But his campaign also recently joined TikTok in an attempt to drum up younger voter enthusiasm. Andrew R. Chow, TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 The piece has also drummed up a bit of controversy over the years, with many fans arguing that both Rose and Jack could’ve fit on the panel. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 High on the list of the company’s business priorities is drumming up additional interest from advertisers, and Reddit has already started to push in that direction. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 The news came as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy drummed up international support at the Munich Security Conference, where Vice President Kamala Harris said at a joint press conference the U.S. will continue to stand behind Ukraine. Josh Feldman, NBC News, 18 Feb. 2024 The research has drummed up excitement — and attracted some skeptics. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 While much of that might yet be drummed up by saving money otherwise slated to be spent, the CFO said the balance sheet was too top-heavy with liabilities and needed proper restructuring. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune Europe, 29 Feb. 2024 But igniting outsize growth isn’t simply about drumming up mass demand. Dev Patnaik, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 To drum up publicity, Lingo teamed up with future NFL Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe to start an NFL franchise, the Oorang Indians, made up of Native American players in LaRue, Ohio. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drum up was in 1830

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“Drum up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20up. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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