like the clappers

like the clappers

  (British informal)
very quickly He works like the clappers - he'll have it finished in no time! They ran like the clappers when the policeman came round the corner.
See also: like
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NORWICH will be going like the clappers to beat relegation rivals West Brom in the big six pointer at Carrow Road today.
She reddened up like a gammon steak and ran like the clappers out the door, asked to wash her hands behind the bar, where she was when Al came up and ordered a drink.
She ran like the clappers out the door to the pub next door and ordered a large dram.
Reel Buddy likes to come off a strong pace, so I hope they go like the clappers.
They're probably the best traditional jazz band around and swing like the clappers.
BY PETER LAYTON NORWICH will be going like the clappers to beat relegation rivals West Brom in the big six pointer at Carrow Road today.