clang·​er | \ ˈklaŋ-ər How to pronounce clanger (audio) \

Definition of clanger

: a conspicuous blunder often used in the phrase drop a clanger

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Examples of clanger in a Sentence

They lost the game after a defensive clanger. a newsreader who memorably dropped a clanger when she referred to Robert Burns as an English poet
Recent Examples on the Web The veined wing of the clanger cicada kills bacteria solely through its physical structure — one of the first natural surfaces found to do so. Trevor Quirk, Scientific American, "Insect Wings Shred Bacteria to Pieces," 5 Mar. 2013 But only new centre back David Luiz has provided clangers in defence in more than one game, losing Ashley Barnes with some schoolboy marking against Burnley before that shirt pull on Mohamed Salah at Anfield., "Arsenal Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 7 Sep. 2019 Another game against Chelsea and another clanger for Lloris - this time during the Lilywhites tenure at Wembley., "10 of Hugo Lloris' Greatest Goalkeeping Calamities," 30 Sep. 2019 This doesn't stop players from slipping every now and again, or dropping a social clanger or two., "7 Times Footballers Landed Themselves in Hot Water With Social Media Posts," 29 Sep. 2019 This is hardly surprising given the Spaniard's mixed start to life at Anfield, making a clanger while trying to play out from the back which handed Danny Ings a goal in the narrow victory over Southampton., "Adrian Set for Intense Training as Liverpool Look to Bring Goalie Up to Speed in International Break," 3 Sep. 2019 For years the clanger has dangled in the middle, banging against the bell’s iron walls for two states to hear, back and forth from Indiana to Ohio to Indiana to Ohio … WHERE’S GREGG? Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: One high school gym, two states, and the midcourt stripe has a secret," 3 July 2019 Despite showing solidarity on the pitch, matters were complicated when Bale's agent dropped an inadvertent clanger on local radio, stating the pair didn't get along., "From Foes to Friends: 7 Rivals Who Put Their Differences Aside," 1 Apr. 2018 His most recent clanger came against Southampton in the Gunners' last league game., "Arsenal Fans Plead for Defender to be Dropped for CSKA Moscow Clash After Howler Against Southampton," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of clanger

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Clanger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clanger

British, informal : a bad and embarrassing mistake

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