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clap (one) in irons
To put one in jail, often abruptly. "Irons" refers to shackles or handcuffs. They'll clap you in irons if you abandon your post!
clap (one) in jail
To put one in jail, often abruptly. You can't just clap someone in jail! What are the charges here?
clap (one) in(to) (something or some place)
1. To force one into a particular place, especially jail. You can't just clap him into a jail cell without any explanation!
2. To force one to wear some device for confining the hands or feet, such as handcuffs. All of a sudden, they clapped him in handcuffs and led him to the police car.
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 (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.
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.
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!
1. To put something, such as an article of clothing, on very quickly and forcefully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clap" and "on." The man clapped on his hat and hurried out the door. The knight clapped on his armor and mounted his horse in preparation for battle.
2. To attach something to something else very quickly and forcefully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clap" and "on." I clapped the lid back on the pot after the chef yelled at me for removing it.
3. To strike someone lightly but firmly with an open hand on a particular part of their body. A noun or pronoun is used between "clap" and "on." Everyone clapped me on the back to congratulate me for the victory.
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.
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.
1. noun An instance of applause performed in a quiet, restrained manner. Typical of spectators at a golf course, where it is traditional to maintain a quiet, restrained atmosphere. Elsewhere, it can be done in a humorous or mocking way. You're performing in a museum—you're only going to get a golf clap here, not wild cheers. All I got for my effort was golf claps—really?
2. verb To clap in such a way. The crowd golf clapped and murmured in appreciation of the player's massive drive. You don't have to golf clap here—let's see some enthusiasm, folks!
lay (one's) eyes on (something)
To see or look at someone or something, especially for the first time. A possessive adjective can be used between "lay" and "eyes." I'll never forget the first time I laid eyes on my son. That sunset may be the most beautiful thing I've ever laid my eyes on. He knew he had to buy the watch from the minute he laid his eyes on it.
set eyes on (someone or something)
To look at or see someone or something. Honestly, I loved my wife the minute I set eyes on her. I haven't set eyes on that book in weeks, so good luck finding it in my office!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
clap eyes on
see under lay eyes 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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
clap (or lay or set) eyes onsee. 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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
clap/lay/set (one's) eyes on
To look at.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.