Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) An unexpected subsequent event; something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
This word comes from the idea of a second or further clap of thunder.
“The glow of the afterclap of danger was on them, and in the warm excitement each forgot the paralyzing fear that had but now padlocked his lips.”
“The shock of her fall had begun to awaken the nervous terror which is the afterclap of such an adventure.”
“The War of 1812 has been called by an able historian 'the afterclap of the Revolution.”