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

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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 So teams won't have him around to leave open for rim clangers. Bud Shaw,, "Cavs roster purge is a bold stroke with the future in mind -- Bud Shaw," 8 Feb. 2018 Spurs doubled their lead in the 16th minute, as Ben Davies clipped a superb finish into the bottom corner following a defensive clanger from Chris Lowe., "Spurs Trounce Huddersfield in Devastating Display of Attacking Force," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of clanger

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clanger was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of clanger

British, informal : a bad and embarrassing mistake

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