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 for Drumhead court-martial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drumhead \Drum"head`\, n.
     1. The parchment or skin stretched over one end of a drum.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The top of a capstan which is pierced with sockets for
        levers used in turning it. See Illust. of Capstan.
        [1913 Webster]
     Drumhead court-martial (Mil.), a summary court-martial
        called to try offenses on the battlefield or the line of
        march, when, sometimes, a drumhead has to do service as a
        writing table.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  drumhead court-martial
      n 1: a military court convened to hear urgent charges of
           offenses committed in action

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