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  • n. A problem or danger that arises after a threat is supposed to have passed.


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  • There is a respectable separation-of-powers argument to be made that Congress had no business giving federal courts a check on the executive branch's conduct of foreign counterintelligence, but the after-clap of the Nixon excesses was no time to make it, and at this point, after a quarter century, FISA is now settled law.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • In 1871 Ralph Waldo Emerson dismissed Mormonism as nothing more than an "after-clap of Puritanism."

    Oh, Gods!

  • Sometimes they even catch an after-clap of the murder urge, if it hasn't all been expended on the first victim or victims.

    The Night of the Long Knives

  • "No, not exactly!" said Joseph, rolling back his wristbands and settling himself in his clothes; "it's the after-clap, if I shouldn't happen to please," he added, in a whisper, that brought his lips so close to the cheek of his fair tormentor, that he absolutely gathered toll from its peachy bloom before starting on his pilgrimage, a toll that brought the glow still more richly to her face.

    The Old Homestead

  • Great was the panic in Berry, an after-clap of the disturbances in the capital.

    Famous Women: George Sand

  • Strange to say, the gale, after easing to a mild breeze, recrudesced in a sort of after-clap.

    Chapter 46

  • So, little by little, he gave her a peep into his affairs and found she was one of them rare people who can feel quite a bit of honest interest in their neighbour's good luck, with no after-clap of sourness, because their own ain't so bright.

    The Torch and Other Tales

  • Then there was a sort of after-clap as though the tree had lodged the first time, and hanging half a minute, had completed its fall with breaking of many branches, and a muffled crash.

    Wild Animals at Home

  • But -- "pas de rue sans but" -- and at last all that unpleasing business was over -- except a little after-clap of which you will hear presently.

    Carette of Sark

  • Mrs. Lathrop swallowed the rebuke and remained passively overcome by the after-clap of her astonishment.

    Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop


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