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clap eyes on someone or something

to see someone or something, perhaps for the first time; to set eyes on someone or something. I wish she had never clapped eyes on her fiancé. I haven't clapped eyes on a red squirrel for years.
See also: clap, eye, on

clap someone in(to) some place

to shove or push someone into a place, usually jail. Be good or the sheriff will clap you into jail. The cops clapped Max into a cell.
See also: clap, place

clap something on(to) something

to slap or attack something onto something else. The police came and clapped a sign onto the car saying it was abandoned. Do not clap any signs on my fence.
See also: clap, on

clap something out

to clap the rhythmic beat of something in order to learn it. (Said of music.) All right, now. Let's clap the rhythm out. We'll clap out the rhythm in time with our singing.
See also: clap, out

clap something together

to slap two things, usually hands, together so that they make a noise. The boys clapped their hands together whenever a goal was scored. One of the orchestra members clapped two blocks of wood together periodically, making a very loud noise.
See also: clap, together

lay eyes on somebody/something

also set eyes on somebody/something
to see someone or something She did not want to lay eyes on this man ever again. My mother had fallen in love with my father when she first set eyes on him.
See also: eye, lay, on


  (British & Australian informal)
if something, especially a car, is clapped-out, it is in a very bad condition because it is old or has been used a lot He still drives a clapped-out Mini which he bought when he was at college.

lay/set eyes on somebody/something

  (British, American & Australian) also clap eyes on somebody/something (British & Australian)
to see someone or something for the first time I've loved him ever since I first set eyes on him. I wish I'd never clapped eyes on that money.
See also: eye, lay, on

clap eyes on

see under lay eyes on.
See also: clap, eye, on

lay eyes on

Also, clap or set eyes on . Look at, see, as in As soon as I laid eyes on him I knew he would be perfect for the lead in our play, or I'd never set eyes on such a beautiful gown. The first term dates from the early 1200s and the third from the late 1300s; the second, using clap in the sense of "a sudden movement," dates from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: eye, lay, on


n. a case of gonorrhea. (Very old and still in use.) He thinks he got the clap from her.


n. a quiet kind of “patting” applause like that made in golf tournaments. (One had quietly claps against the back of the other hand.) The audience sat there throughout. Not even a little golf clap. I think our act is washed up.


/lay/set (one's) eyes on
To look at.
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We evaluated several indicators of their escape response: (1) reaction time, the time to begin an escape; (2) the number of claps until the scallop no longer responded to stimulation (i.
One of the leading dancers improvised clapping rhythms which the audience followed, then the claps were softer as the audience listened closely to two fingers being tapped on a palm, and followed suit.
Because the clapping provides a rigid 4/4 rhythmic accompaniment to the song, the minim at the end of the first line of each verse of the text is accompanied by two claps while the dotted minim at the end of the second line is accompanied by three claps (though the dotted minim at the end had only one clap, providing a rather perfunctory ending).
The "sound of one hand clapping" in Zen Buddhism is related to the concept of the "unstruck sound" in Indian philosophy as when one hand claps, there is nothing for it to strike against.
Same as Step 1, except that the children were trained to clap when given B1 and to wave when given B2 (B1[right arrow]clap, B2[right arrow]wave).
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Have some fun with it as you clap your hands and shout to God with joy.
But in Hungary the slow hand clap is Know as vastaps or the iron clap, so named because the audience is so impressed they continue to clap even after the iron fire-proof curtain is lowered.
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH SWG3, Glasgow, January 28 Bands always say Glasgow is a great place to play as the crowd make it clear whether they like you or not.
Anyone with any knowledge of classical music should know that you don't clap until the conductor puts down his baton, even without a concert programme to see how many movements each piece consists of.
Dyma'r rhigwm yr oeddwn i'n ei ganu: Clap, clap gofyn wey Nhad a mam sydd ar y plwy'.
Oh - and perhaps you might have missed this, it being so very obvious - to clap.
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Marcus Bent said he went over a little bit reluctantly to the fans to give them a clap after losing 4-0 but the fans were clapping the players.
We calculated the mean clapping frequency by dividing the total number of claps by the time elapsed between the start of the test and the last clap.