Beat of drum

(Mil.) a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc.

See also: Beat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Our friend Charley, after disturbing the household with beat of drum and riotous shouts, races up and down the staircase, overturning of chairs, and much other uproar, began to feel the quiet and confinement within doors intolerable.
Early in the morning, the plunder still going on, General Baird announced publicly by beat of drum, that any thief detected in the fact, be he whom he might, should be hung.
They rallied handsomely, and that without beat of drum, which is no easy thing to do under fire, and were very steady till he fell.
The youth danced at the beat of drum to express their joy.
KARACHI -- With fireworks and dancing to the beat of drum, new year was celebrated in Pakistan.
Smy, CD, UE, "By Beat of Drum: The Recruitment of a Provincial Corps, 1777-1784"; Jean Arner Walton UE, "Loyalist Beginnings on Kingsville Town Site"; John E.
Interestingly, to make the activity more extravagant and regal, many kitefliers and spectators danced to the beat of drum while music was also relayed on loudspeakers.
Supporters distributed sweets and danced on the beat of drum. Furqan was brought to home by a rally of supporters.
The winners and their supporters expressed their joy by dancing to the beat of drum after every bout.
Six teams braved the dusty weather to race across a 200-meter stretch of water to the beat of drums down to the finish line.
The party workers distributed sweets among each other and danced on the beat of drums besides chanting slogans in favour of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Dasti who usually bags votes from the working class danced a traditional set on the beat of drums with the voters on their request.