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Twin boys taking a lot of beating (3-3)


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'beating' is the definition.

'twin boys' is the wordplay.
'twin boys' can mean two replacements for 'boy'.
'boy' becomes 'tom'.
'boy' becomes 'tom' ().

'taking a lot of' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for tom-tom that I've seen before include "Cylindrical drum" , "Repetitive cat on the drum" , "Medium-sized drum" , "Type of native American drum" , "African drum on the double?" .)

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