drum·​beat | \ˈdrəm-ˌbēt \

Definition of drumbeat 

1 : a stroke on a drum or its sound also : a series of such strokes

2 : vociferous advocacy of a cause

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Other Words from drumbeat

drumbeater \-​ˌbē-​tər \ noun
drumbeating \-​tiŋ \ noun

Examples of drumbeat in a Sentence

I could hear the drumbeat of a parade down the street. a dizzying drumbeat of interviews in the hours following her winning of the Academy Award

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An unending drumbeat of propaganda, from both official state outlets and private media empires aligned with the government, demonizes refugees and Muslims, falsely warning of an existential threat to Hungarian society and culture. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy," 6 Nov. 2018 Harper continued his strikeout/walk drumbeat, fanning against Green before drawing a walk against his old junior college teammate, Chasen Shreve. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Yankees-Nationals: Juan Soto rips go-ahead homer in game he started in minor leagues," 18 June 2018 At the same time, there appears to be at least some level of risk that this drumbeat of bias complaints is doing lasting damage to Facebook’s image. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative Facebook would probably fail — but Facebook should worry about it anyway," 31 Aug. 2018 What followed is not terribly surprising: Between 2009 and 2015, the company received eight FDA warning letters and announced a steady drumbeat of recalls. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 These thoughts are like a drumbeat in my mind at this time of year. Marcos Breton, sacbee, "My mother deserved more from me, too | The Sacramento Bee," 13 May 2018 But in recent days, as a drumbeat among Democratic groups from Houston to San Antonio to Dallas had pressed for a debate, Valdez seemed open to one. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Dem governor candidates agree to debate," 2 May 2018 By December of last year, the partners were riding a wave of success in their campaign to create an anti-Qatar drumbeat in Washington. NBC News, "AP investigation: A Trump fundraiser's secret lobbying effort to win $1B in business," 21 May 2018 The steady drumbeat appeared to reinforce signals Trump has been sending about his intent to leave the deal. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "US and Israeli officials intensify the drumbeat against Iran," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drumbeat was in 1817

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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