drumroll

noun
drum·roll | \ˈdrəm-ˌrōl \

Definition of drumroll 

: a roll on a drum or its sound

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Happy 21st birthday to Malala Yousafzai, who rang in the milestone on Thursday by spending the day meeting with other young women in Brazil and — drumroll, please! — posting her first ever photo on Instagram. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Malala Yousafzai Joins Instagram on Her 21st Birthday," 12 July 2018 More than one video has surfaced in the past few weeks that demonstrate how to cut watermelon into slices using — drumroll, please — dental floss. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "We've Been Cutting Watermelon Incorrectly Our Whole Lives," 28 June 2018 Before the game started, the banks ran computer simulations of World Cup games and both concluded that the likely winner would be… (drumroll)… Germany. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "UBS, Commerzbank Models Predicted Germany Would Win the World Cup. Why Predicting Sports Is Bad Business," 27 June 2018 So, now, drumroll, the final two in the countdown. 2. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Secretariat and Citation top Triple Crown rankings," 9 June 2018 The winner of this week’s #OurPhilly poll (drumroll, please) is @dres_face with this summertime shot of City Hall. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Bryan Colangelo resigns, a look at Philly's elaborate prom send-offs | Morning Newsletter," 8 June 2018 Boston police Superintendent William Gross read each of those names out loud; after each name was spoken, it was followed by a short, crisp drumroll. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police ceremony promises members ‘would never, ever be forgotten’," 3 June 2018 MAC Cosmetics Middle East published a video on YouTube this week offering Muslim women makeup tips for... drumroll please... the pre-dawn meal suhoor. Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Muslims roast MAC Cosmetics for suhoor makeup tutorial video," 26 May 2018 The culprit is none other than (drumroll, please) Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's overworked and underpaid boating instructor on SpongeBob SquarePants. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "We've Apparently Known Who "Riverdale"'s Black Hood Was All Along," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of drumroll

1810, in the meaning defined above

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