drum up

verb
drummed up; drumming up; drums up

Definition of drum up

transitive verb

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

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Examples of drum up in a Sentence

anyone who drums up a better way of doing this tedious task will make a fortune

First Known Use of drum up

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drum up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20up. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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