adjective Date: 1946 chiefly British worn-out; also tired

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • clapped-out — [klapt′out′] adj. [Brit. Informal] Brit. Informal 1. worn out, obsolete, etc. [clapped out machinery] 2. exhausted; weary …   English World dictionary

  • clapped-out — adj BrE a clapped out car, machine etc is old and in very bad condition …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clapped-out — clapped′ out′ adj. Brit. Informal. brit. worn out; exhausted • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • clapped-out — ► ADJECTIVE informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ worn out from age or heavy use …   English terms dictionary

  • clapped-out — [ ,klæpt aut ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL old and in bad condition …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clapped-out — ¦klapˈdau̇t, aptˈau̇t adjective Etymology: from past participle of clap + out (I) chiefly Britain : worn out ; also : tired * * * /klapt owt /, adj. Brit. Informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • clapped-out — also clapped out ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe a person or a machine as clapped out, you mean that they are old and no longer able to work properly. [BRIT, INFORMAL] ...his clapped out old car. ...clapped out comedians …   English dictionary

  • clapped out — adjective worn from age or heavy use and no longer able to operate (of cars or machines or people) • Similar to: ↑worn • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • clapped-out — British & Australian, informal if something, especially a car, is clapped out, it is in a very bad condition because it is old or has been used a lot. He still drives a clapped out Mini which he bought when he was at college …   New idioms dictionary

  • clapped-out — UK [ˌklæpt ˈaʊt] / US adjective British informal old and in bad condition, or no longer effective a clapped out old car a boring speech from a clapped out politician …   English dictionary

  • clapped out — Adj. Worn out, broken. Usually applied to machinery. E.g. That car s just a clapped out heap of junk that needs scrapping …   English slang and colloquialisms

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