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Definition of clop

: a sound made by or as if by a hoof or wooden shoe against the pavement

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Other Words from clop

clop intransitive verb

Examples of clop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clop of carriage horses and the wail of a soloing jazz saxophonist; the streetside gossip overlaid with the blaring car stereo; the raucous, expectant buzz of a bar. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "It’s Showtime! Press Play to Hear the N.Y.C. That Used to Be," 7 May 2020 The barhopping neighborhood of Mar Mikhaël, which used to vibrate with the clip-clop of high heels and the car-stereo beat of Western and Arabic music every night from Tuesday to Saturday — and sometimes Sundays and Mondays, too — went mute. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Beirut’s Nightlife Survived Civil War. Can It Withstand Pandemic?," 11 Apr. 2020 Members of a Marine honor guard trailed behind, clad in navy blue uniforms, white caps and white gloves, marching ramrod-straight to muffled drums and the clip-clop of horse hoofs. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He was a baby when his dad died in Afghanistan. He’s 18 now, and the war still isn’t over.," 26 Nov. 2019 The bongos added a clippity-clop feel of the horse. Marc Myers, WSJ, "On the Journey to ‘A Horse With No Name’," 16 July 2018 In the early 1970s, my older sister Pam had a prized pair of Dr. Scholl’s Exercise Sandals, sporting a clippety-clop wooden sole and single buckle strap, features that helped the slip-on become a signature popular item with women. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Dr. Scholl’s has left a footprint in Northwest Indiana," 23 May 2018 In the shadow of Windsor Castle's fairy-tale turrets, the majestic clip-clop of hooves and a brass band's soaring notes rang out Thursday as throngs alternately cheered, clapped and sighed. Laura King,, "Pomp and pageantry, a few days early: In Windsor, royal regalia goes through its paces," 17 May 2018 Keeping trash off the streets and waterways, attracting more businesses and residents, paving potholes, fixing old water mains, maintaining parks — all more important than preserving the clippety-clop of the city’s past. Dan Rodricks,, "Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.," 10 Apr. 2018 The clip-clop of trotting horses pulling a gilt carriage? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Is an engagement imminent?," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of clop

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Clop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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: a sound like that of a hoof against pavement

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