from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as clack-dish.
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Whereupon the fifth founder at once took his robe and clap-dish and handed them to him.
Bede returned belated through the forest, they were startled as they approached the gate to hear the weeping and moaning of one who lay forsaken on the cold earth; and when the Prior called out through the darkness, "Be of good cheer, Christian soul, we are coming to your aid," the sufferer replied by rattling the lid of his clap-dish, and at once they knew it was some poor leper who had fallen helpless by the way.
"One that goes like a beggar's clap-dish," said he; "leastwise, it did all the while I was in the garden this morning.