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d ruhmhed

  • n  a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
  • s  performed speedily and without formality

  • As its public urged them on, the Cuban rebel army shot more than 200 men, summarily convicted in drumhead courts, as torturers and mass murderers for the fallen Batista .
  • In little more time than it took to cock a rifle, he staged a drumhead trial for seven of his former colleagues, including an ex-Cabinet Minister, then sent them swiftly to their .
  • On board the liner Paris in mid-ocean last week, Ignace Jan Paderewski was giving a concert while the ship bounced on the stormy sea like a pea on a reverberating drumhead.

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