clatter around

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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.
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And I must have missed the episode where she screams, "I hate you, I hate you, I HATE YOU!" at the sky as the fifth attempt at constructing a bamboo growing frame for her runner beans clatters around her in a pile.
There's a famous clip of him bent over almost horizontal with the aid of an enormous pair of wooden shoes, more like flippers than anything else, and he clatters around the stage in them.
There's probably a technical term for it, but our language shifts and clatters around as much as pebbles washed up on a beach by conflicting tides.