beat the drum for = beat the drum of = bang the drum for = bang the drum of
be ostentatiously in support of
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march to a different drum
consciously adopt a different approach or attitude to the majority of people
be unconventional – informal
The version with drummer comes ultimately from Henry David Thoreau's Walden (1854) : If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
1997 - New Scientist - In formulating his ideas about the composition of the fundamental building blocks of matter. Sternglass has marched to the beat of an entirely different drum.
drunk as a lord = drunk as a skunk
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