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clanger

[klang-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that clangs.
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Idioms
  1. British Slang.
    1. a blunder; faux pas.
    2. drop a clanger,to blunder.
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Origin of clanger

First recorded in 1945–50; clang + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • But the mother was wise, and aware of the clanger, kept in her own hands the administrating of the medicine.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The clanger of famine here has not ceased with a plentiful harvest.

  • The man whom the saloon-keeper had shot had but just been declared out of clanger and on the road to recovery.

  • But to many Englishmen the constant spice of clanger adds greatly to the charm of sport in Africa.

  • An expedition in this direction was, till lately, certain to be attended with no small excitement and clanger.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd


British Dictionary definitions for clanger

clanger

noun
  1. informal a conspicuous mistake (esp in the phrase drop a clanger)
  2. something that clangs or causes a clang
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Word Origin

C20: from clang, referring to a mistake whose effects seem to clang
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