The town laws merely require a permit from every clammer, for which no charge is made.
“It was because you did not play the part of a clammer naturally and nobly,” I replied.
Mr. Madden was a clammer and fisherman, and his wife did some work for the summer colonists.
Brings us once again into touch with those delightful and very human people that we learned to know in 'The clammer.'
These permits cost 25 cents, and are required from every clammer.
This handle has a belt attachment which is buckled around the clammer.
The invested capital includes the clammer's outfit and boat, but does not include personal apparel, such as boots and oil skins.
Any clammer of the vicinity is willing to acknowledge that conditions at present are in a very unsatisfactory state.
A story conceived in the same spirit as 'The clammer,' filled with the same philosophy, displaying the same keen insight.
Old Goodwin with his quiet smile—even in his clammer's clothes and his old stained rubber boots—is yet Goodwin the Rich.
bivalve mollusk, c.1500, in clam-shell, originally Scottish, apparently a particular use from Middle English clam "pincers, vice, clamp" (late 14c.), from Old English clamm "bond, fetter, grip, grasp," from Proto-Germanic *klam- "to press or squeeze together" (cf. Old High German klamma "cramp, fetter, constriction," German Klamm "a constriction"). If this is right then the original reference is to the shell. Clam-chowder attested from 1822. To be happy as a clam is from 1833, but the earliest uses do not elaborate on the notion behind it, unless it be self-containment.
"to dig for clams," 1630s, American English, from clam (n.). Clam up "be quiet" is 1916, American English, but clam was used in this sense as an interjection mid-14c.
clam up •The term must be earlier than the date given, although no examples can be provided. Middle English clum, ''be quiet! shut up,'' of obscure origin, may not be related to clam (1916+)