- to claw or scratch with the hands and nails
- to revile; abuse
C16: perhaps from clapper + claw
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Examples from the Web for clapperclaw
Miss Clapperclaw says Bulbul is evidently smitten, and Clara too.
"I never knew a woman who was constantly bullied by her husband who did not like him the better for it," Miss Clapperclaw says.
Miss Clapperclaw says he acted pretty well, and that I only joke about him because I am envious, and wanted to act a part myself.
In the race of fashion the resolute and active De Mogyns has passed the poor old Clapperclaw.The Book of Snobs
William Makepeace Thackeray
Word Origin and History for clapperclaw
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