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tom-tom,

name popularly applied to high-pitched hand drums, usually barrel-shaped and having either one or two drumheads of skin. They are tunable to specific pitches. Supposedly of Native American or Asian origin, they are sometimes used in modern dance orchestras for special effects. The terms tom-tom and tam-tam are sometimes confused; the latter is another name for the gong.

tom-tom

1. a drum associated either with the American Indians or with Eastern cultures, usually beaten with the hands as a signalling instrument
2. a standard cylindrical drum, normally with one drumhead
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To secure Turl's assistance, Snopes invents the story that Tom-Tom has stolen brass from the plant "in order to lay it on Turl and get him fired"; Snopes then orders Turl to "Go out there in the daytime, while Tom-Tom is at work" and recover the brass: "I'll put it away somewhere to use as evidence on Tom-Tom," says Snopes, "Unless maybe you don't want that day shift.
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