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hard-shell clam

Origin of hard-shell clam
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The former is sold in the San Francisco markets as the "hard-shell clam."

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • When the oyster season closes in April, the hard-shell clam comes into vogue, the season lasting until September or October.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • It cannot compare in flavor with Venus mercenaria, the "hard-shell clam" south of Cape Cod.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • When anything is goin' wrong with him he's allus as close-mouthed as a hard-shell clam with the lockjaw.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for hard-shell clam

hard-shell clam

another name for the quahog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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