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      vb   , claps, clapping, clapped  
1    to make or cause to make a sharp abrupt sound, as of two nonmetallic objects struck together  
2    to applaud (someone or something) by striking the palms of the hands together sharply  
3    tr   to strike (a person) lightly with an open hand, in greeting, encouragement, etc.  
4    tr   to place or put quickly or forcibly  
they clapped him into jail     
5    (of certain birds) to flap (the wings) noisily  
6    tr; foll by: up or together   to contrive or put together hastily  
they soon clapped up a shed     
7    clap eyes on  
Informal   to catch sight of  
8    clap hold of  
Informal   to grasp suddenly or forcibly  
      n  
9    the sharp abrupt sound produced by striking the hands together  
10    the act of clapping, esp. in applause  
he deserves a good clap     
11    a sudden sharp sound, esp. of thunder  
12    a light blow  
13    Archaic   a sudden action or mishap  
     (Old English clæppan; related to Old High German klepfen, Middle Dutch klape rattle, Dutch klepel clapper; all of imitative origin)  
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clap          [2]  
      n   usually preceded by: the      a slang word for       gonorrhoea  
     (C16: from Old French clapoir venereal sore, from clapier brothel, from Old Provençal, from clap heap of stones, of obscure origin)  

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clap

  
1    acclaim, applaud, cheer, give (someone) a big hand  
2    bang, pat, punch, slap, strike gently, thrust, thwack, wallop     (informal)   whack  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    blow a raspberry, boo, catcall, hiss, jeer  

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