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- v. To fight and scratch.
- v. To abuse with words; to revile; to scold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fight and scratch.
- transitive v. To abuse with the tongue; to revile; to scold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat, claw, and scratch; thrash; drub.
- To scold; abuse with the tongue; revile.
- n. Same as back-scratcher, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. use foul or abusive language towards
- v. claw with the nails
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Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to work larboard and clapperclaw into my everyday conversation.
I see thou hast played me a scurvy trick, thou villainous fellow, cried the angry devil; at last I am fully resolved even to make an end of the business betwixt thee and myself about the ground, and these shall be the terms: we will clapperclaw each other, and whoever of us two shall first cry Hold, shall quit his share of the field, which shall wholly belong to the conqueror.
For all these same birds did so peck, clapperclaw, and maul one another all that time, that there was the devil and all to do, and the island was in a fair way of being left without inhabitants.
In this case, Shingle's bit of blood swerves, we may assume--Ratoon rides at him--Shingle fairly turns tail, and starts out at full speed, Ratoon thundering in his rear, with out -- stretched arm; and it does happen, I am assured, that the hot pursuit often continues for a mile, before the desired clapperclaw is obtained.
Now these rival rogues will clapperclaw one another, and I shall have the sport of it.