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  1. a person or thing that clangs.
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  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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Examples from the Web for clanger

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


  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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