Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A musical instrument: same as acocotl (which see).

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Examples

  • To do Dinah justice, she had, at irregular periods, paroxysms of reformation and arrangement, which she called "clarin'-up times," when she would begin with great zeal and turn every drawer and closet wrong side outward on to the floor or tables, and make the ordinary confusion sevenfold more confounded.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)

  • Indeed, these periodic seasons were often an inconvenience to the whole household, for Dinah would contract such an immoderate attachment to her scoured tin as to insist upon it that it shouldn't be used again for any possible purpose, -- at least till the ardor of the "clarin'-up" period abated.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)

  • Then she would light her pipe and leisurely go over her arrangements, looking things over and discoursing upon them; making all the young fry scour most vigorously on the tin things, and keeping up for several hours a most energetic state of confusion, which she would explain to the satisfaction of all inquirers by the remark that she was a "clarin'-up."

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)

  • If it does not appear, go to clarin. com … and scroll down until you see the photo of a guy in a blury picture with a guitar.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast PM: June 14, 2006

  • Overhead, Patience was having a "clarin 'up scrape" in her particular corner of the big garret, to the tune of "There's a Good Time Coming."

    The S. W. F. Club

  • One day, in her "clarin-up time," Lizzie came across a bundle containing a Sunday suit, placed in her cabin when Tom left for the

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • An 'so he sot his hands to wuk a-clarin' timber-patches,

    De Fust Banjo

  • Lucy gave up arguing on these grounds, but privately determined that when the honeymoon was over she would have a grand 'clarin up' time like Dinah in _Uncle Tom's Cabin_.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • One day, in her “clarin-up time,” Lizzie came across a bundle containing a Sunday suit, placed in her cabin when Tom left for the North, which she took occasion to have a good quarrel over.

    A Woman's Life-Work

  • He had painted gourds filled with pebbles that rattled when they were shaken; the long _clarin_ of the Mexicans, into which the performer does not blow, but through which he inhales the air; the harsh _ture_ of the

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

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