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Definition of tom-tom verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tom-tom

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verb
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(Indian English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tom-tom
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he / she / it tom-toms
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past simple tom-tommed
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past participle tom-tommed
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-ing form tom-tomming
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tom-tom (about) something to make something known or to talk with too much pride about it The government again tom-tommed its achievements in improving education. She tends to tom-tom the benefits of being a vegetarian to everyone she meets. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Hindi ṭam ṭam, Telugu ṭamaṭama, of imitative origin.