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clapper

[klap-er] /ˈklæp ər/
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 of clapper
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, clapper is from the Middle English word claper. See clap1, -er1
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  • Only this morning she keeps on at me wi' her questions like the clapper o' a bell.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • There was nothing for it but to tie a handkerchief round the clapper of the bell.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • This completes the circuit again and the clapper is pulled down.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • On examining the belfry, it was discovered that some persons had carried off the clapper of the bell.

  • My heart beat in my temples like the clapper of an alarm-bell.

British Dictionary definitions for clapper

clapper

/ˈklæpə/
noun
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 (sense 1)
5.
(Brit, informal) go like the clappers, run like the clappers, move like the clappers, to move extremely fast
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Word Origin and History for clapper
n.

late 13c., agent noun from clap (v.). Meaning "tongue of a bell" is from late 14c. Old English had clipur. Meaning "hinged board snapped in front of a camera at the start of filming to synchronize picture and sound" is from 1940.

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