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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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 That’s left some Democratic leaders with a nagging concern: Is there a danger that their supporters might just get exhausted by the constant drumbeat of chaotic news from Washington? Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats worry their voters are more exhausted than outraged by Trump," 12 July 2018 Despite the drumbeat of unfavorable publicity concerning Pruitt's personal conduct, Trump admired the job EPA was doing taking apart environmental regulations. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 July 2018 Still, Trump hadn’t even been sworn in as president when some of his scattered opponents on the left started the tentative drumbeat that Steyer is now amplifying. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Is Forcing Democrats to Talk Impeachment. Is It a Losing Strategy?," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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