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drummer

[druhm-er] /ˈdrʌm ər/
noun
1.
a person who plays a drum.
2.
a commercial traveler or traveling sales representative.
Idioms
3.
march to a different drummer, to be motivated by a different set of values than the average person.
Origin of drummer
1565-1575
1565-75; drum1 + -er1
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  • The drummer dare not look behind him, and does not know what is being done.

  • "Eighty-five," said the clerk; and the drummer and the Negro disappeared.

  • Behind the standard bearers came a drummer and the player on the shrill pipe or pito—chirimiya.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • At this time there was a drummer who lived in Wellington-street.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Capt. Smith, whose heart was tender as that of any woman,—The tenderest are the bravest—patted the drummer boy of Co.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for drummer

drummer

/ˈdrʌmə/
noun
1.
a person who plays a drum or set of drums
2.
(mainly US) a salesman, esp a travelling salesman
3.
(Austral & NZ, slang) the slowest shearer in a team
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Word Origin and History for drummer
n.

1570s, agent noun from drum (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for drummer

drummer

noun

A traveling salesperson

[1827+; fr the practice of going about with a drum to gain attention for recruiting and other purposes; for example, the sale of fish was announced by drumming in the London streets]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with drummer
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