drumbeat

noun
drum·​beat | \ ˈdrəm-ˌbēt How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \

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 \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tər How to pronounce drumbeater (audio) \ noun
drumbeating \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tiŋ How to pronounce drumbeating (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The drumbeat of grim news — one million known coronavirus cases in the United States, businesses are collapsing, the unemployment rate could reach 16 percent — has done little to deter stocks’ upward march. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "The Bad News Won’t Stop, but Markets Keep Rising," 29 Apr. 2020 Maybe the advice has started to sound repetitive, but the steady drumbeat about good personal hygiene and continued physical distancing carries on for a reason: Those measures have worked at slowing the spread of COVID-19, experts say. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska continues to open, here’s what you can do to stay safe and healthy," 29 Apr. 2020 Since 2016, there has been a steady drumbeat from commentators insisting that something must have gone very wrong for the people to have allowed the election of Donald Trump. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020 This steady drumbeat of ransomware attacks against state and local government agencies, including school districts, has not gone unnoticed by citizens. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Back to school: With latest attack, ransomware cancels classes in Flagstaff," 5 Sep. 2019 Since 2016, there has been a steady drumbeat from commentators insisting that something must have gone very wrong for the people to have allowed the election of Donald Trump. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020 Instead, Trump has kept up his drumbeat of blaming the Fed for economic conditions, demanding a new round of rate cuts in a tweet this morning (which Powell said did not influence the Fed decision). Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The market doesn’t need a rate cut—it needs Trump to take coronavirus more seriously," 3 Mar. 2020 The Republican attack on socialism, a steady drumbeat since last year’s State of the Union address, would throw Sen. Sanders on the defensive. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Stop Bernie Sanders Now," 4 Feb. 2020 In recent years, Virginia has seen a steady drumbeat of applications led by former students for commemorative markers to adorn historically black schools, according to Randy Jones, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Washington Post, "Virginians push to remember historically black high schools," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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drumbeat

noun
How to pronounce drumbeat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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