clanger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clanger a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate "he dropped a clanger"
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Usage

In literature:

DANCING MASTER: Monsieur Clanger-of-iron, I'll teach you your trade.
"The Middle Class Gentleman" by Moliere
Hardy is then in clanger?
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
This alone will suffice to prove to you how little clanger there is in rubbish written in the style of the Apocalypse.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Fate had raised her son to the summit of earthly grandeur and saved him from every clanger.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The man whom the saloon-keeper had shot had but just been declared out of clanger and on the road to recovery.
"McClure's Magazine, January, 1896, Vol. VI. No. 2" by Various
May the Lord in heaven save and guard him from all evil and clanger!
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
The clanger of famine here has not ceased with a plentiful harvest.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Jerry full well understood my clanger, and I saw him wringing his hands in his anxiety; yet he saw that he could do nothing to help me.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sally could see him plainly, although there was little clanger of his seeing her.
"Maid Sally" by Harriet A. Cheever
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In news:

They'll give it the welly and try not to drop a clanger.
Nor is a drunken fool, Bedfordshire clanger or spotted dick.
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In science:

Our purpose in showing these numbers is not to claim that our fetish for installing self-checks means that we never makes mistakes in our spreadsheets. We have our share of embarrassments. But our analysts know all too well how they are daily protected from clangers that the audit sheets have alerted them to.
Self-Checks In Spreadsheets: A Survey Of Current Practice
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