As Business secretary, Mandelson is obviously keen on drumming up opportunities for British trade and business.
SuperJet had high hopes of drumming up new business in Southeast Asia.
Both parties are drumming up rising gas prices as a political issue when they are barely changed from a year ago.
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.