drum up
transitive verb Date: 1830 1. to bring about by persistent effort <
drum up some business
>
2. invent, originate <
drum up a new method
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • drum up — (something) to create interest in something. The best way to drum up excitement for a book is to get people to talk about it …   New idioms dictionary

  • drum up — [v] gather support for something attract, bid for, canvass, discover, obtain, petition, round up, solicit, succeed in finding; concepts 68,300 Ant. dissuade, repulse, turn off …   New thesaurus

  • drum up — verb gather drum up support • Syn: ↑beat up, ↑rally • Hypernyms: ↑collect, ↑pull in • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • drum up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms drum up : present tense I/you/we/they drum up he/she/it drums up present participle drumming up past tense drummed up past participle drummed up to try to make people support you or buy something from you… …   English dictionary

  • drum up — v. (D; tr.) to drum up for (he drummed up some business for us) * * * [ drʌm ʌp] (D; tr.) to drum up for (he drum upmed up some business for us) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • drum up — {v.} 1. To get by trying or asking again and again; attract or encourage by continued effort. * /The car dealer tried to drum up business by advertising low prices./ 2. To invent. * /I will drum up an excuse for coming to see you next week./ Syn …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • drum up — {v.} 1. To get by trying or asking again and again; attract or encourage by continued effort. * /The car dealer tried to drum up business by advertising low prices./ 2. To invent. * /I will drum up an excuse for coming to see you next week./ Syn …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • drum\ up — v 1. To get by trying or asking again and again; attract or encourage by continued effort. The car dealer tried to drum up business by advertising low prices. 2. To invent. I will drum up an excuse for coming to see you next week. Syn.: make… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • drum up — PHRASAL VERB If you drum up support or business, you try to get it. [V P n (not pron)] The UN secretary general arrived in Tokyo to drum up support for international peacekeeping... [V P n (not pron)] It is to be hoped that he is merely drumming… …   English dictionary

  • drum up — verb To generate or encourage; to campaign for. The candidate gave speeches, shook hands, and kissed babies in an effort to drum up support before the election …   Wiktionary

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