Kentish fire


noun British.

prolonged clapping by an audience, especially in unison, indicating impatience or disapproval.

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Origin of Kentish fire

said to have originated in Kent, England, in 1828–29, as an expression of opposition to speakers favoring the Catholic Relief Bill
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