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clap back

1. verb To respond to an insult or criticism, sometimes in a vengeful manner. She calmly clapped back at critics by asserting that her weight is none of their business. I'm not proud of it, but I did clap back at the girl who stole my boyfriend by starting a vicious rumor about her.
2. noun A response to an insult or criticism, sometimes in a vengeful manner. I'm not great at the clap back because I get easily flustered by criticism. Her clap back was a vicious rumor targeting the girl that stole her boyfriend.
See also: back, clap

clap eyes on (someone or something)

To look at or see someone or something. Honestly, I loved my wife the minute I clapped eyes on her. I haven't clapped eyes on that book in weeks, so good luck finding it in my office!
See also: clap, eye, on

clap (one) in(to)

To forcibly push someone into a particular place, often jail. You can't just clap him into a jail cell without any explanation!
See also: clap

clap (something) on(to) (something)

To attach something to another object or a surface. You can't just clap fliers onto the wall outside my classroom—that's what the bulletin boards are for!
See also: clap

clap out

To clap one's hands along to the beat of a song, typically so that one can learn it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clap" and "out." You clap out the beat, and I'll try to play it on the bass.
See also: clap, out

clap (something) together

To slap or smack two things together, typically resulting in a clapping noise. Please clap your shoes together outside to get the dirt out of them. He clapped his hands together to the music of the band.
See also: clap, together

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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While girls are practising a great many complex skills in the course of these clapping games and are almost certainly unaware of this, they are aware of the desirability of giving a good performance.
It there is going to be a ban on clapping and liturgical dance during Mass there should also be a ban on some of the psalms, lest someone really takes the psalm to heart and starts clapping and dancing.
She said they would have traditional nursery rhymes, action songs, clapping, finger and bouncing rhymes.
Those who were not mobile remained seated, clapping and laughing with delight.
An Anthology of African American Women's Humor, broadens the definition of folklore in this collection by including recipes, folk songs, nursery rhymes, clapping games and superstitions in her anthology of the folklore genre.
The teacher sang out a loud chant, and the girls answered, clapping their hands in a lively rhythm.
Though Kavakci insisted that the scarf was a legitimate expression of her Muslim beliefs, scores of her fellow Turkish lawmakers protested her expression by clapping rhythmically, banging on desks and yelling, "Out, out
Some coaches will release the player's attention by concluding every sequence with a simple gesture, like clapping the hands.
Before grabbing an instrument, it's crucial to have campers clapping, singing, and dancing together.
Juba is a clapping play similar to the "hambone" patting and movements many Americans learned in the 1950s and '60s.
The 3 disc (2CD, 1 DVD) special edition features nine bonus audio tracks (including the top 10 smash "Helen Wheels"), rare footage of the McCartneys in Lagos and behind-the-scenes at the famous album cover shoot, original Band on the Run promotional video clips, the One Hand Clapping television special (highlighted by studio performances filmed at Abbey Road in 1974) all with beautifully enhanced packaging.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow shot up in my estimation this week when he b*llocked the new intake of yobby SNPs for clapping in the chamber.
According to scientists in Scandinavia it only taKes a couple of people to start clapping and we all feel we must join in.
Judy said: "One year during Wimbledon I had a sleeveless top on and the BBC very kindly started doing me in slow motion clapping.
Washington, June 19 ( ANI ): Scientists have found that clapping is contagious, and applause length is influenced by the behaviour of members of the crowd.