clanger

[klang-er]
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noun

a person or thing that clangs.

Idioms

    British Slang.
    1. a blunder; faux pas.
    2. drop a clanger,to blunder.

Origin of clanger

First recorded in 1945–50; clang + -er1
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Historical Examples of clanger

  • Indeed, it is probable Mr Adams had rescued more than Fanny from the clanger of a rape that evening.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • Fate had raised her son to the summit of earthly grandeur and saved him from every clanger.

  • To add to the clanger, the gratings had been thrown overboard, and there was no way of confining the captives in the hold.

  • 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

  • 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

clanger

noun

informal a conspicuous mistake (esp in the phrase drop a clanger)
something that clangs or causes a clang

Word Origin for clanger

C20: from clang, referring to a mistake whose effects seem to clang
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