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clatter around

1. To make loud rattling noise or disturbing commotion while moving around in a space or container. What on earth is clattering around in my bag? Quit clattering around in here—the baby is napping! Hold that container still so those marbles don't clatter around.
2. To cause something to make a loud, disruptive rattling sound. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "clatter" and "around." Please try not to clatter the plates and glasses around so much when you're clearing people's tables, OK?
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clatter around

 and clatter something around
to move around among things, making noise. Stop clattering around! It's late. I wish you would not clatter those dishes around.
See also: around
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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