a crash of thunder.
something resembling a thunderclap, as in loudness or unexpectedness.

1350–1400; Middle English thonder clappe. See thunder, clap1 Unabridged
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thunderclap (ˈθʌndəˌklæp)
1.  a loud outburst of thunder
2.  something as violent or unexpected as a clap of thunder

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Example sentences
Suddenly, there was a thunderclap and a flash summer storm.
In truth, it's a thunderclap of audacities, each shattering some conventional expectation.
They may slightly rattle dishes and disturb pictures, in much the same way as a thunderclap would.
To judge how close lightning is, count the seconds between the flash and the thunderclap.
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