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  • n  the sound made by beating a drum

  • They responded to the starter with a rataplan of cylinder explosions that soon mellowed into a roar.
  • Last week, with no rataplan of drums, The Admiral and The Biscuit met at Pimlico.
  • With the announcement, Peking's vast Square of Heavenly Peace resounded to the beating of gongs, the clash of cymbals, the rataplan of exploding firecrackers.

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