American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unexpected subsequent event; something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
- n. An unexpected subsequent event or repercussion.
- n. Something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
- n. A problem or danger that arises after a threat is supposed to have passed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An unexpected subsequent event; something disagreeable happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
- From Middle English afterclap, afterclappe, equivalent to after- + clap. Compare Low German achterklap ("afterclap"). (Wiktionary)
“The sound woke him some mornings when the planes flew right over and sometimes he stood outside his quarters before nightfall and watched the matched contrails of half a dozen aircraft in tight formation, the planes themselves long gone, but it was the drag and sonic shock, this is what awed and moved him, and then the afterclap rolling off the mountains, like they were blowing out a seam in the world.”
“The shock of her fall had begun to awaken the nervous terror which is the afterclap of such an adventure.”
“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.”
“Then it was bitter - deucedly bitter - and there was no horrid apprehension of morphia or other deadly drug left in the mind as afterclap.”
“The War of 1812 has been called by an able historian "the afterclap of the Revolution.”
“Its afterclap of 1812 displayed little but empty bombast and greed.”
“Now this was absurd; for what with the blare of the postillion's horn, the clatter of hoofs, the jolting and rumbling of wheels, the rattle of glass, our travellers had all the noise to themselves -- or all but the voice of the gale now rising again for an afterclap and snoring at the street corners.”
“And then, upon these two convictions that there is, if I might so say, an afterclap, and that it is the time and the sphere in which the fairest hopes that”
“This is a sort of afterclap you little ex - pected, but I cannot possibly afford them at a cheaper rate.”
“Prussia's kings and the masterpieces that commemorate them were extolled with a prosiness that sounded like an afterclap of William's Reichstag and monument orations. ”
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