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 Drum.Drum-head Court-martial. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Drum Ecclesiastic.
 
The pulpit cushion, often vigorously thumped by what are termed “rousing preachers.”
       
“When Gospel trumpeter, surrounded
With long-eared rout, to battle sounded;
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic,
Was beat with fist instead of a stick.”
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Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto 1.
 


 Drum.Drum-head Court-martial. 

 
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