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- n. Plural form of kettledrummer.
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When, some five minutes later, Mahony came bustling in: he had soothed the “kettledrummers” and sent them off with a handsome gratuity, and he carried the trunk on his own shoulder, Long Jim following behind with bags and bundles: when he entered, he found little Polly sitting with her head huddled on her arms, crying as though her heart would break.
In front are the chiefs, and by their side are the kettledrummers beating their instruments of war with vast energy; they always lead the way.