like the clappers

like the clappers

Extremely quickly or vigorously. If we go like the clappers, we should be able to finish before the deadline. Customers ran like the clappers into the store to snatch up as many bargains as they could carry.
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like the clappers

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone or something moves or does something like the clappers, they do it very quickly. Once released, the horse went like the clappers. Kate must have driven like the clappers to have got home so quickly. Note: The clapper of a bell is the part inside it which strikes it to make it ring.
See also: like
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NORWICH will be going like the clappers to beat relegation rivals West Brom in the big six pointer at Carrow Road today.
She reddened up like a gammon steak and ran like the clappers out the door, asked to wash her hands behind the bar, where she was when Al came up and ordered a drink.
She ran like the clappers out the door to the pub next door and ordered a large dram.
Reel Buddy likes to come off a strong pace, so I hope they go like the clappers.
They're probably the best traditional jazz band around and swing like the clappers.
BY PETER LAYTON NORWICH will be going like the clappers to beat relegation rivals West Brom in the big six pointer at Carrow Road today.
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