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1. One who applauds.
2. The tongue of a bell.
3. Slang The tongue of a garrulous person.
4. clappers Two flat pieces of wood held between the fingers and struck together rhythmically.
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Noun1.clappers - a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
Afar, the watchmen of white men's houses struck wooden clappers and hooted in the darkness.
Here all is harmony; the devastation seems organized," said the colonel, pulling the chain of a bell; but the bell was without a clapper.
When the large clapper thought proper to say "Twelve o'clock
The first shock of the clapper and the brazen wall made the framework upon which it was mounted quiver.
At first while they were still moving along the Kaluga road, Napoleon's armies made their presence known, but later when they reached the Smolensk road they ran holding the clapper of their bell tight- and often thinking they were escaping ran right into the Russians.
But, even then, so heavy was the bell that it was not until Challenger and Summerlee had added their weight to ours that we heard the roaring and clanging above our heads which told us that the great clapper was ringing out its music.
The confectioner of the town came out, and set up his booth there; and soon after came another confectioner, who hung a bell over his stand, as a sign or ornament, but it had no clapper, and it was tarred over to preserve it from the rain.
He therefore applied to his bell, which he rung at least twenty times without any effect: for my landlady was in such high mirth with her company, that no clapper could be heard there but her own; and the drawer and chambermaid, who were sitting together in the kitchen (for neither durst he sit up nor she lie in bed alone), the more they heard the bell ring the more they were frightened, and as it were nailed down in their places.
NORWICH will be going like the clappers to beat relegation rivals West Brom in the big six pointer at Carrow Road today.
She reddened up like a gammon steak and ran like the clappers out the door, asked to wash her hands behind the bar, where she was when Al came up and ordered a drink.
Two of the biggest hits on the day were the Sunday Mail's clappers and our sporting hero Hot-Shot Hamish.