clappers

clapper

[klap-er]
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; Middle English claper. See clap1, -er1

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clapper (ˈklæpə)
 
n
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
5.  informal (Brit) go like the clappers, run like the clappers, move like the clappers to move extremely fast

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