verb (used with object)
- claw-and-ball foot,
- clay court,
- clay eater,
- clay flour,
- clay mineral,
- clay pigeon
Origin of clay1
Origin of clay2
Examples from the Web for clay
But, together, Webster, Clay, and Calhoun delayed the Civil War for 40 years.
Clay engineered the morally indefensible Missouri Compromise.
It just changed into something quite dark and unattractive with Clay, and was a unique moment in my artistic career.
Horace was athletic and clever, known, probably apocryphally, as the fastest cotton picker in Clay County.
Further, as Grimes shouts “pull,” to indicate the release of the clay target, she closes one eye.Alison Lundergan Grimes’s New TV Ad Is One Big Gun Gaffe|Tim Mak|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wandered on, heavy sniping hissing over my head or into the parapet, covering me with clay occasionally.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
Clay, to be precise, is a silicate of alumina, a term which is interesting when it is explained.The Romance of War Inventions|Thomas W. Corbin
In this Clay was conspicuous, and Webster and Calhoun were his sympathetic allies.Expansion and Conflict|William E. Dodd
It was in turning little things like these to account, that Mr. Clay, in the earlier period of his career, was so remarkable.
It is therefore necessary to deal with clay in this chapter and follow with a consideration of metal in another chapter.Industrial Arts Design|William H. Varnum
Word Origin for clay
Old English clæg "stiff, sticky earth; clay," from West Germanic *klaijaz (cf. Old High German kliwa "bran," German Kleie, Old Frisian klai "clay," Old Saxon klei, Middle Dutch clei, Danish klæg "clay;" also Old English clæman, Old Norse kleima, Old High German kleiman "to cover with clay"), from PIE root *glei- "clay" (cf. Greek gloios "sticky matter;" Latin gluten "glue;" Old Church Slavonic glina "clay," glenu "slime, mucus;" Old Irish glenim "I cleave, adhere").
in Scripture, the stuff from which the body of the first man was formed; hence "human body" (especially when dead). Clay pigeon is from 1888. Feet of clay "fundamental weakness" is from Dan. ii:33.
In addition to the idiom beginning with clay
- clay pigeon
- feet of clay