Even the middle classes suffered, and the poor could only meet such trouble by 'clemming' or self-starvation.
Father were stunned wi' the blow at first, for all Boucher were weak wi' passion and wi' clemming.
In 1888, Punch, in "Cramming versus 'clemming'" emphasizes the need of providing free meals for poor children.
Now clemming is a quiet death, and worrying isn't, so I choose clemming, and come into th' Union.
A fight between show people and the local citizenry: It'd start a clem, with me in the middle
To disperse rioting customers at a circus or carnival (1920s+ Circus & carnival)
A cry used by circus people to rally forces in a fight with townspeople