beat the drum of

beat the drum for = beat the drum of = bang the drum for = bang the drum of

be ostentatiously in support of


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

extremely drunk

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