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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


In poor condition due to overuse or age. This phrase is often applied to cars. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You can hear her clapped-out car coming from a mile away because the engine is in such poor condition.

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

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

clap someone in jail (or irons)

put someone in prison (or in chains).
The meaning of clap in these idioms is somewhat removed from the original one of ‘make a sudden explosive sound’. Over time the word developed the additional sense of ‘make a sudden action’, without necessarily implying any sound.
See also: clap, jail

clap (or lay or set) eyes on

see. informal
1992 Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger If we go by the indications of the play, these two charmers have never clapped eyes on a man before, never flirted, never known the sweets of love.
See also: clap, eye, on

clap/lay/set ˈeyes on somebody/something

(informal) see somebody/something: I’ve no idea who she is. I’ve never clapped eyes on her before.The moment I set eyes on the house, I knew I would live there.
See also: clap, eye, lay, on, set, somebody, something


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.