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  • n. Plural form of tom-tom.


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  • And we encountered other men, fiercer, bigger, who faced us on the beaches in open fight, showering us with spears and arrows, while the great tree drums and the little tom-toms rumbled and rattled war across the tree-filled hollows, and all the hills were pillared with signal - smokes.

    Chapter 15

  • In order to ascertain the actual progress or lack of progress regarding recommencement of municipal water delivery, we have to circulate in the streets and inquire of neighbors as to what the local tom-toms tell them.

    Son Hechos, No Palabras

  • I think most of us in Melbourne are feeling so helpless to do anything of any real value for all these people, that putting a word out on the digital tom-toms at least gives us some kind of purpose.

    putting it out there

  • As she says in her book,"The Joy of Ritual," "To some, the word ritual evokes a vision of frenzied, naked savages beating tom-toms as they dance around a blazing fire..."

    Jennifer La Lima-Ortmuller: Vision 2011: Presence And Connectedness Through Ritual

  • Slow-building harmonies float over rich organ-like low notes and distant rumbling tom-toms, then gather to gothic swells of sound punched through by peremptory drum hits.

    1982: Pintura – review

  • Patty Murray runs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and has been beating the Mediscare tom-toms with more fervor than anyone besides Chuck Schumer.

    Super Committee Choices

  • It wasn't easy to find the establishment, but once I got close I knew I was in the right place due to the relentless beating of tom-toms and the wild, cascading shrieks whenever South Korea got anywhere near Argentina's goal.

    World Cup Buzzed

  • The new material ought to suit the Orchestra's delightfully eccentric repertoire: On their new eponymous album, released Tuesday, they cover Bjork, Meshuggah, Charles Mingus and Frank Zappa with unbridled enthusiasm and the technical wizardry of a jazz orchestra one that features piccolo, sousaphone and quad tom-toms.

    Cultural, Musical Roots Sprout Great Performances

  • Large crowds of mourners gathered on the palace grounds and “made the place a pandemonium every night with their howlings and wailings, beating of tom-toms and dancing of the at other times forbidden hula-hula by half-clad maidens to the music of songs of questionable decency chanted in honor of the deceased.”


  • A guy named Victor Iannone was drumming on the table at lunch, and it turned out he had a full drum set at home—bass, snare, tom-toms, cymbals.

    Talent Show


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