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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

clapped-out

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.

lay (one's) eyes on (something)

To see or look at something, especially for the first time. 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. You can't just buy everything you lay your eyes on.
See also: eye, lay, on

clap (one) in jail

To put one in jail, often abruptly. You can't just clap someone in jail! What are the charges here?
See also: clap, jail

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!
See also: clap, iron

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!
See also: eye, on, set

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, someone

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

clap

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

golf-clap

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.

clap

/lay/set (one's) eyes on
To look at.
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4 : to put or place quickly or with force <He clapped his hat on his head.
However, following a speech by a Liberal Democrat councillor the rest of the Lib Dem group clapped and cheered.
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If the child clapped or waved in spite of the instructions, the experimenter recorded the response sequence (e.
Pardew spent Monday's 90 minutes listening to Newcastle supporters calling for his head yet he still clapped them at the final whistle.
Owners of clapped out cars and vans are being asked to give them a free ride to the wrecker's yard next month.
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If the participant clapped in the presence of A1, the experimenter praised this behavior.
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They were both totally clapped out, but that's just the way it is when you start out gigging before you get the breaks.
Each time the female clapped her hands twice in rapid succession in front of her body, and, on two occasions, the researchers noticed that the behaviour was to alert a male silverback to the presence of the human observers.
The Welsh loudmouth clapped as she heard she was getting the boot after she and Nicky had spent a day in shackles.
He clapped his hands on his shaved head after he crossed the line, in a sort of ``I did what?