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clapper-clawing

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  • Then did they regard each other for a moment with the bitter aspect of two furious ram-cats on the point of a clapper-clawing.

    Washington Irving

  • There ought to be a moral to an improving tale of this order, I know, but the only one I can think of just now is that it takes a priest to get round a woman; and I always feel inclined to jump on to the table myself when I think of those poor dear creatures sitting on the floor and feeling that awful thing clapper-clawing its way up right under them.

    Travels in West Africa

  • In the dead of the night there was a fearful caterwauling; some grimalkin was uncivil to her; then there was a scramble, then a clapper-clawing; then both parties rolled off the roof and tumbled from a great height among the trees on the hill side.

    The Alhambra

  • Then did they regard each other for a moment with the bitter aspect of two furious tom-cats on the point of a clapper-clawing.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • Well, Ben once got into a great frolic ashore, and kicked up such a bobbery that the watchman clapped him in limbo for the night; and the justice next morning gave him such a clapper-clawing with his tongue, and bore down upon him so hard with his

    Select Temperance Tracts

  • But Miss Monroe has managed to retain a certain judicial calm in the midst of all the whooping and clapper-clawing, and so she has avoided running amuck, and her magazine has printed the very best of the new poetry and avoided much of the worst.

    Prejudices : first series,

  • He hunches his shoulders, reaches for the pedals with his feet, spreads out his hands and waits for the clapper-clawing to cease.

    A Book of Burlesques

  • Now they are clapper-clawing one another; I¬íll go look on.

    Act V. Scene IV. Troilus and Cressida

  • "Vedians to the northward," he continued, "Satronians to the southward, and just you and Ducconius sandwiched in between, clapper-clawing each other."

    Andivius Hedulio Adventures of a Roman Nobleman in the Days of the Empire

  • Page view page image: to interfere between them; the lonely wayfarer shrunk within himself at the horrid clamour and clapper-clawing; eyed the den of discord askance, and hurried on his way, rejoicing, if a bachelor, in his celibacy.

    Tales of a Traveller

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