Origin of claque
Examples from the Web for claque
To save the banking system, Greenspan, along with a claque of Republicans like Lindsey Graham, now endorses nationalization.
Is there anything in the world so disgusting as to feel one's self patronized, made capital of, enrolled in a claque?The Simple Life|Charles Wagner
At the end of the performance he sent for the leader of the claque and rated him soundly.Artists' Wives|Alphonse Daudet
Wagner is known to have been absolutely opposed not only to the claque but to the most legitimate bursts of applause.Old and New Paris, v. 2|Henry Sutherland Edwards
Word Origin for claque
1860, from French claque "band of claqueurs," agent noun from claquer "to clap" (16c.), echoic (cf. clap (v.)). Modern sense of "band of political followers" is transferred from that of "organized applause at theater." Claqueur "audience memeber who gives pre-arranged responses in a theater performance" is in English from 1837.
This method of aiding the success of public performances is very ancient; but it first became a permanent system, openly organized and controlled by the claquers themselves, in Paris at the beginning of the nineteenth century. [Century Dictionary]