clapperclaw

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • (verb) To beat, claw, and scratch; thrash; drub.
  • (verb) To scold; abuse with the tongue; revile.

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Note

The word 'clapperclaw' originated in the 16th century, and may have been formed by combining 'clapper,' slang for the tongue of a talkative person, and 'claw,' to tear, scratch.

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