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clapperclaw

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verb clap·per·claw \ˈkla-pər-ˌklȯ\

Definition of clapperclaw

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 dial English :  to claw with the nails

  3. 2 dial English :  scold, revile



Origin of clapperclaw

perhaps from clapper + claw (verb)


First Known Use: 1590


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