clapperclaw

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clapperclaw use foul or abusive language towards "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket","The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
    • v clapperclaw claw with the nails
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clapperclaw To abuse with the tongue; to revile; to scold.
    • Clapperclaw To fight and scratch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clapperclaw To beat, claw, and scratch; thrash; drub.
    • clapperclaw To scold; abuse with the tongue; revile.
    • n clapperclaw Same as back-scratcher, 2.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Clap, + claw,

Usage

In literature:

O' Tuesdays, clapperclawing one another.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
In the race of fashion the resolute and active De Mogyns has passed the poor old Clapperclaw.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I have counted the lumps, you old thief, and for years have never said a word, except to Miss Clapperclaw, the first-floor lodger.
"The Christmas Books" by William Makepeace Thackeray
O' Tuesdays, clapperclawing one another.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
The defence was that the plaintiff first "clapperclawed" the defendant.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
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