An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.
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an unexpected, usually unwanted, repercussion of or sequel to an affair which had been thought to be closed
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(ˈæf tərˌklæp, ˈɑf-)

an unexpected repercussion.
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Encountering a naked man asleep on a bar room floor, in Talbott 's staging of Daniel Reitz's Afterclap, or watching the female protagonist of Napoleon Ellsworth's Don't Pet the Zookeeper assaulted by a masked male thug, has added impact in such close quarters.
But escape he did, though he still has occasional afterclaps of his illness.