Clatch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clatch A soft or sloppy lump or mass; as, to throw a clatch of mud.
    • Clatch Anything put together or made in a careless or slipshod way; hence, a sluttish or slipshod woman.
    • v. t. & i Clatch To daub or smear, as with lime; to make or finish in a slipshod way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clatch A dialectal form of clutch.
    • clatch To close up with any adhesive substance.
    • clatch To daub with lime.
    • n clatch Anything thrown for the purpose of daubing.
    • n clatch Mire raked together into heaps on streets or roadsides.
    • clatch To finish (a piece of work) in a careless and hurried way; botch.
    • n clatch A piece of work done in a careless way; a botch.
    • n clatch A carriage somewhat similar to a gig or chaise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clatch klach (Scot.) to daub
    • n Clatch mire, anything for daubing
    • v.t Clatch klach (Scot.) to finish carelessly, to botch
    • n Clatch a piece of work spoiled or botched
    • n Clatch klach (Scot.) a kind of gig.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. clatch, a slap, the noise caused by the collision of soft bodies; prob. of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

Clatch doon noo, man, and make your entry.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
As there were several distinct "clatches" of them, more than one force was needed to catch them simultaneously.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce draws good crowd at morning 'Coffee Clatch'.
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