Etymology
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clapperclaw (v.)

"to fight at arm's length with the hands and nails," 1590s, from clap (v.) + claw (v.). Related: Clapperclawed; clapperclawing.

updated on May 25, 2013

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Definitions of clapperclaw from WordNet

clapperclaw (v.)
claw with the nails;
clapperclaw (v.)
use foul or abusive language towards;
Synonyms: abuse / blackguard / shout
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