clapperclaw

verb
clap·​per·​claw | \ ˈkla-pər-ˌklȯ How to pronounce clapperclaw (audio) \
clapperclawed; clapperclawing; clapperclaws

Definition of clapperclaw

transitive verb

1 dialectal, England : to claw with the nails
2 dialectal, England : scold, revile

First Known Use of clapperclaw

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clapperclaw

perhaps from clapper + claw (verb)

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