Definitions

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  • adjective Australia, New Zealand, informal Inferior substitute, unsatisfactory compromise, or ersatz.

Etymologies

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From a non-alcoholic drink called Claytons promoted in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s as “the drink you have when you′re not having a drink”. The drink itself did not impress consumers and is now all but forgotten; the term came to be represent fake substitution or lack of commitment. For example, a half hearted union strike might be called a ‘Clayton′s Strike’.

Examples

  • "I thought the Claytons were a very respectable family," remarked

    Home Lights and Shadows

  • The Claytons, which is a joint venture between the Kerridges and Hand & Flowers employee Laura Aherne and her partner Lennox Leach, will have a 2am licence on Friday and Saturday nights, and will feature DJs playing chilled-out tunes at the weekends.

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  • The drinks-led venue called Claytons, on the site of the former Claytons Lounge nightclub, will serve a large range of bar-style food including slow-braised dishes served in small stone pots for between £4.50 and £5.50.

    Rss news feed for Morning Advertiser

  • Joining the Claytons will be the Vail Jazz All-Stars, a dozen high-school aged jazz musicians who will be completing a 10-day intensive workshop in Vail with the Vail Jazz Foundation.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • Joining the Claytons will be the Vail Jazz All-Stars, a dozen high-school aged jazz musicians who will be completing a 10-day intensive workshop in Vail with the Vail Jazz Foundation.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • Joining the Claytons will be the Vail Jazz All-Stars, a dozen talented high school aged jazz musicians who will be completing a 10-day intensive workshop in Vail with the Vail Jazz Foundation.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • Back in the 80's in Australia, when breathalising first came in, and it became an issue not to get drunk when you went out and had to drive, a non-alcoholic drink called Claytons was put on the market.

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  • To describe something as being "Claytons" is to describe it as being cheap and fake.

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  • Claytons nephew says a no actuality for what happened to his uncle.

    Mount Dora Florida, Terry Clayton shot and killed. Age 56 Ericka ...

  • Claytons nephew says a no actuality for what happened to his uncle.

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