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claptrap

[ klap-trap ]
/ ˈklæpˌtræp /
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Definition of claptrap

noun
pretentious but insincere or empty language: His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.
any artifice or expedient for winning applause or impressing the public.
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Origin of claptrap

First recorded in 1720–30; clap1 + trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for claptrap

claptrap
/ (ˈklæpˌtræp) /

noun informal
contrived but foolish talk
insincere and pretentious talkpoliticians' claptrap

Word Origin for claptrap

C18 (in the sense: something contrived to elicit applause): from clap 1 + trap 1
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