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clapper

[klap-er] /ˈklæp ər/
noun
1.
a person who applauds.
2.
the tongue of a bell.
3.
Slang. the tongue.
4.
Usually, clappers. two flat sticks held between the fingers and struck rhythmically against each other to produce abrupt, sharp sounds.
5.
Printing. a platen press.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English claper. See clap1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for clappers

clapper

/ˈklæpə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that claps
2.
a contrivance for producing a sound of clapping, as for scaring birds
3.
Also called tongue. a small piece of metal suspended within a bell that causes it to sound when made to strike against its side
4.
a slang word for tongue (sense 1)
5.
(Brit, informal) go like the clappers, run like the clappers, move like the clappers, to move extremely fast
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Word Origin and History for clappers

clapper

n.

late 13c., agent noun from clap (v.). Meaning "tongue of a bell" is from late 14c. Old English had clipur. Meaning "hinged board snapped in front of a camera at the start of filming to synchronize picture and sound" is from 1940.

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Encyclopedia Article for clappers

clapper

musicalmusical instrument consisting of pieces of wood, bone, metal, or other sonorous substance either held in both hands or, fastened together, held in one hand, sometimes with a handle, and struck against each other. Clappers have been played throughout the world since ancient times, often with a ritual, warning, work-coordinating, or signaling function, rather than a musical one.

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