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John Drum’s Entertainment


Hauling a man by his ears and thrusting him out by the shoulders. The allusion is to “drumming” a man out of the army. There is a comedy so called, published 1601.

“When your lordship sees the bottom of his success in ʹt … if you give him not John Drum’s entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed.”—Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well, iii. 6.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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John Company
John Doe
John Dory
John Dory
John Long
John Roberts (A)
John Thomas
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John in the Wad
John of Bruges
John oGroat
John of Hexham
John of Leyden (the prophet)
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