afterclap

noun
af·​ter·​clap | \-ˌklap \

Definition of afterclap 

: an unexpected damaging or unsettling event following a supposedly closed affair

First Known Use of afterclap

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterclap

Middle English after clap, from after after- + clap clap entry 2

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