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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clapper-claw to claw or scratch:
    • v.t Clapper-claw (Shak.) to scold
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. klappa, to pat; Dut. and Ger. klappen.


In literature:

I'll have ye clapped i' the pillory for a black-visaged clapper-claw!
"Black Bartlemy's Treasure" by Jeffrey Farnol
And one another clapper-clawing.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
He shrugged his shoulders, as he looked at the signs of a fierce clapper-clawing.
"Devil Stories" by Various
He shrugged his shoulders as he looked at the signs of a fierce clapper-clawing.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Where do you think we found Clapper Claw?
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
Peisthetairus confesses that, in the bird domain, the chicken is sometimes applauded for clapper-clawing the old cock.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe