Dour drumbeat

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MrNakamura

New Member
French
Hi everybody!

I am reading an article the rise of the petrol prices in the States, and there is one sentence I don't fully understand, because of the above mentioned expression:

The dour drumbeat of the global economy has the vast majority of traders believing the world has lost its appetite for high-priced crude and gasoline.

I would be thankful for any explanation of what it is meant to express in this context.

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I can only think that it refers to the very slow, solemn drumbeat used in some funeral processions. The global economy is sick and the phrase "dour drumbeat" is signalling the serious nature of the illness.
     

    MrNakamura

    New Member
    French
    Thanks Dimcl!

    So do you think you could paraphrase it with something like: "The serious situation i which the global economy finds itself..." ? More or less, at least?

    Thanks again
     
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