clapperclaw
transitive verb Etymology: perhaps from clapper + claw (v.) Date: 1590 1. dialect England to claw with the nails 2. dialect England scold, revile

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Clapperclaw — Clap per*claw (kl[a^]p p[ e]r*kl[add]), v. t. [Clap + claw.] 1. To fight and scratch. C. Smart. [1913 Webster] 2. To abuse with the tongue; to revile; to scold. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clapperclaw — [klap′ərklô΄] vt. 〚prob. /span> CLAPPER + CLAW〛 Now Chiefly Dial. 1. to claw or scratch with the hand and nails 2. to revile or scold * * * …   Universalium

  • clapperclaw — [klap′ərklô΄] vt. [prob. < CLAPPER + CLAW] Now Chiefly Dial. 1. to claw or scratch with the hand and nails 2. to revile or scold …   English World dictionary

  • clapperclaw — v. use foul language; claw with the nails …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clapperclaw — To berate or scold, or the person doing the scolding …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • clapperclaw — verb 1. claw with the nails • Hypernyms: ↑claw • Verb Frames: Somebody s something 2. use foul or abusive language towards The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket The angry mother shouted at the teacher …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Disapprobation — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Disapprobation >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 disapprobation disapprobation disapproval Sgm: N 1 improbation improbation Sgm: N 1 disesteem disesteem disvaluation displacency Sgm: N 1 odium odium Sgm: N 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • Contention — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Contention >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contention contention strife Sgm: N 1 contest contest contestation Sgm: N 1 struggle struggle Sgm: N 1 belligerency belligerency Sgm: N 1 opposition opposition …   English dictionary for students

  • abuse — v 1. misuse, misemploy, misapply, misappropriate; wrong, aggrieve, Inf. shaft, Inf. give [s.o.] the shaft, disrespect, Sl. do [s.o.] dirty, Sl. kick [s.o.] around; profane, pervert, prostitute; exploit, impose upon, take advantage of, walk all… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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