Howard Kurtz on the conservative campaign to drum up support for the divisive congressman.
Meanwhile, Thompson continued to do all he could to drum up the black vote.
At the turn of the century, zoos displaying so-called primitive cultures were used to drum up public support for colonialism.
1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.
1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.
To stimulate; promote: Go drum up a little enthusiasm for this turkey (1849+)