Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An unexpected subsequent event; something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An unexpected subsequent event; something disagreeable happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unexpected subsequent event or repercussion.
  • noun Something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
  • noun A problem or danger that arises after a threat is supposed to have passed.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English afterclap, afterclappe, equivalent to after- +‎ clap. Compare Low German achterklap ("afterclap").

Examples

  • 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.

    Underworld

  • 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.

    Underworld

  • 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.

    Underworld

  • The shock of her fall had begun to awaken the nervous terror which is the afterclap of such an adventure.

    Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island Or, The Old Hunter's Treasure Box

  • 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.

    Bucky O'Connor

  • Then it was bitter - deucedly bitter - and there was no horrid apprehension of morphia or other deadly drug left in the mind as afterclap.

    Recollections and reflections : an auto of half a century and more,

  • Its afterclap of 1812 displayed little but empty bombast and greed.

    An Account of the Battle of Chateauguay Being a Lecture Delivered at Ormstown, March 8th, 1889

  • The War of 1812 has been called by an able historian "the afterclap of the Revolution."

    An Account of the Battle of Chateauguay Being a Lecture Delivered at Ormstown, March 8th, 1889

  • 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.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • 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

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Second Kings Chapters VIII to End and Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Esther, Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes

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  • Unexpected damaging or unsettling after-effect. (from Phrontistery)

    May 22, 2008

  • The afterclap follows the upshot.

    Usage: The upshot of the election is Obama's victory, but the afterclap is the looney effort to secede.

    November 16, 2012

  • Wonderful.

    share a website with you,

    -- http://clothes8.us --

    November 17, 2012

  • to continue to clap after everyone else has stopped.

    January 25, 2016