from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A clot; a clod.
  • noun Cow-dung.
  • To break clods in (a field).
  • To spread dung over (a field).
  • To cut off the dirty locks of wool of (sheep).
  • To tattle.
  • noun See claut.


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  • You are floated then, placed well in the centre of the full stream of commerce, and it must be your own fault if you do not either retire with half a million, or become bankrupt with an éclat, which is worth more than any capital in refitting you for a further attempt.

    The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson By One of the Firm

  • It ' s hard to say whether the three films — distinct for having three different directors — lacked iconic recognition, sociopolitical é clat, or a single auteurist force of personality.

    A New Life for the Long Movie

  • GARRISON KEILLOR (singing): We'd like to know why it is so that certain diesels must be slow and twack and thrum and plom and hum and clatter clat.

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2005

  • What the rass clat did she do, kill the damn bird as well?

    Pussy Cyclone is Coming to Get You!

  • Lord Cashel felt that he could not interfere, further than by remarking that it appeared his young friend was determined to leave the turf with ‚ clat; and Fanny Wyndham could only be silent and reserved for one evening.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • And it must have been acknowledged, even by Lady de Courcy, that the house in Portman Square was very cold — that a marriage from thence would be cold — that there could be no hope of attaching to it any honour and glory, or of making it resound with fashionable clat in the columns of the Morning Post.

    The Small House at Allington

  • For days afterwards my ears rang with the incessant clat-clat-clatter of those boxes, and for days afterwards I was haunted by those faces that stared at us, and then turned to stare at us, and then called other faces to stare at us.

    Nights in London

  • The Guild was called by some hostile husbands, who found their wives getting too independent, the "clat-fart" shop -- that is, the gossip-shop.

    Sons and Lovers

  • As soon as the bacon was well under way, and Millie, her lymphatic aid, had been brisked up a bit by a few deftly chosen expressions of contempt, she carried the cloth, plates, and glasses into the parlour and began to lay them with the utmost clat.

    The Strange Man’s Arrival

  • France, celebrated with all the _clat_ which the choicest music, the richest dresses, the most imposing ceremonies, could confer on it; yet it fell short in effect of the simplicity of the Presbyterian worship.

    Rob Roy


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