"Beat a parley" nghĩa là gì?

"Beat a parley" có parley là đàm phán, hòa đàm -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đánh trống đề nghị thương lượng.

Ví dụ 
To beat a parley, in military language, to beat a drum or sound a trumpet (kèn), as a signal for holding a conference with the enemy.

In the morning, before relief came, had the pleasure of seeing a drummer mount the enemy's parapet, and beat a parley, and immediately an officer, holding up a white handkerchief (khăn tay), made his appearance outside their works; the drummer accompanied him, beating.

"When Diabolus had thus done, he commanded that his drummer should every night approach the walls of the town of Mansoul, and so to beat a parley; the command (ra lệnh) was for him to do it at nights, for in the daytime they annoyed him with their slings (cáp treo)..." -- John Bunyan, 'The Holy War'

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