To save the banking system, Greenspan, along with a claque of Republicans like Lindsey Graham, now endorses nationalization.
He never invites anybody to dinner except Porcher, the chief of the claque.
But whatever may be said against it, the claque is great and, in France at least, will prevail.
The claque, however, did not acquire its greatest importance until the time of the Restoration.
They have attained to absolute perfection in the arts of the claque.
At the end of the performance he sent for the leader of the claque and rated him soundly.
But his programme was too long, and he had forgotten something—the claque.
claque, klak, n. an institution for securing the success of a public performance, by bestowing upon it preconcerted applause.
The first day there was a cram, the second day only the claque remained.
Is there anything in the world so disgusting as to feel one's self patronized, made capital of, enrolled in a claque?
1860, from French claque "band of claqueurs," agent noun from claquer "to clap" (16c.), echoic (cf. clap (v.)). Modern sense of "band of political followers" is transferred from that of "organized applause at theater." Claqueur "audience memeber who gives pre-arranged responses in a theater performance" is in English from 1837.
This method of aiding the success of public performances is very ancient; but it first became a permanent system, openly organized and controlled by the claquers themselves, in Paris at the beginning of the nineteenth century. [Century Dictionary]