from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pinch; compress; stop up by pressure; clog.
  • To pinch with hunger; starve.
  • To die of hunger; starve.
  • A variant of cleam.
  • Same as clam.

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

  • verb obsolete To starve; to famish.

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

  • verb transitive or intransitive To be hungry.
  • noun Geordie, vulgar, slang A testicle.


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Confer clam ("to clog"), or German klemmen ("to pinch"), Icelandic klmbra, English clamp.

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Possibly from clementine, a small round citrus fruit.



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  • you actually can if the cat is inside a barrel.

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  • That must be the kind of cat Clem eats. Not the fluffy type. Nope. Not at all.

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  • also, slang: to starve.

    July 27, 2008