clapped back; clapping back; claps back
Definition of clap back
(Entry 1 of 2)
: to respond quickly and sharply to criticism A lot of times when someone says something nasty to you online, your gut reaction is to clap back right away. It's always good to take a cooling-off period—I recommend sleeping on it.— Patrick Crowley This week, Mandy Moore clapped back at haters on Instagram after people accused her of Photoshopping her social media photos … "I am 5'10 and a size 6. I have NEVER photoshopped pictures … That's not what I'm about. If you're going to be rude about people's bodies, go elsewhere."— Kitty Lindsay
variants: or less commonly clap back
plural clapbacks also clap backs
Definition of clapback (Entry 2 of 2)
: a quick, sharp, and effective response to criticism Not to be confused with a garden-variety diss, a clapback is deemed by most as a targeted, often viciously acute comeback intended to place someone in much-needed check.— Aaron Edwards and Ira Madison III We all love a good clapback. It's a comeback but with that extra oomph.— Mathew Rodriguez The art of the clap back is a study in discernment, wit, and instinct, which is why it should come as no surprise that Rihanna, Internet queen, is the reigning champ of shutting down the haters.— Cady Lang
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