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clishmaclaver

[klish-muh-kley-ver, kleesh-] /ˌklɪʃ məˈkleɪ vər, ˌkliʃ-/
noun, Scot.
1.
gossip; idle or foolish talk.
Origin of clishmaclaver
1720-1730
1720-30; clish(-clash) gossip (gradational compound based on clash) + -ma- (< ?) + claver
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  • Julia's lovely eyes dilated at this clishmaclaver, and she bowed coldly.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Now, don't put any of your squinting constructions on this, or have any clishmaclaver about it among our acquaintances.

    Robert Burns William Allan Neilson
British Dictionary definitions for clishmaclaver

clishmaclaver

/ˌklɪʃməˈkleɪvə/
noun
1.
(Scot) idle talk; gossip
Word Origin
C16: from clish-clash, reduplication of clash + claver
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