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clem

verb \ˈklem\
variants: or

clam

\ˈklam\ play

Definition of clem

clemmed

or

clammed

;

clemmed

or

clammed

;

clemming

or

clamming

;

clems

or

clams

  1. transitive verb
  2. dialectal, England :  to cause to suffer from hunger, thirst, or cold :  starve

  3. intransitive verb
  4. dialectal, England :  to suffer from hunger, thirst, or cold

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Origin and Etymology of clem

Middle English clemmen to pinch — more at clam


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clem

noun \"\

Definition of clem

plural

-s

slang

  1. :  a fight or brawl especially between circus or carnival workers and the local townsfolk

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Origin and Etymology of clem

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