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  • Beachcombers hoping for a quiet stroll down the seaweed-strewn shores of Brownsea Island in the English Channel were in for a surprise earlier this month; in addition to the sounds of gentle waves lapping against the sand, they were greeted by the clink-clank of pickaxes and shouts of excited excavators.


  • Mrs. Claus asked, raising her voice just a bit to be heard above the clink-clank of their duel.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • "Man the pumps!" cried the captain; when Uncle Jack lending a willing hand, the crew under his encouragement were soon working away steadily with a clink-clank, clink-clank, the water pouring out through the scuppers in a continuous stream.

    Teddy The Story of a Little Pickle

  • From the beer-hall near by came the sound of music; over the pavement rattled a cart drawn by two weary dogs and followed by a yet wearier peasant-woman; with a brave clink-clank of spurs and sword strode by a brave lieutenant.

    Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science Old Series, Vol. 36—New Series, Vol. 10, July 1885

  • Far away is the faint, familiar sound -- clink-clank, clink-clank -- of the man who tests the couplings.

    Yet Again

  • Through it he heard the voice of the Counterpane Fairy counting on and on, and as she counted he heard, with her voice, another sound, -- at first very faintly, then more and more clearly: clink-clank! clink-clank! clink-clank!

    The Counterpane Fairy

  • "Salutation!" responded the officer, and with a reassuring nod and smile to the bewildered Alwyn, he gathered his little band around him, and they all marched off, the measured clink-clank of their footsteps making metallic music, as they wheeled round a corner and disappeared from sight.


  • The next minute clink-clank came the strokes of the double-handled pump, invisible to me, for it was on the far side of the smoke which rose from the forward part of the deck.

    Sail Ho! A Boy at Sea

  • A few minutes after, and there was the ringing of a bell, the clink-clank of machinery; the wheel spun round in the other direction, and in due time the cage, as it was called, came to the surface; the group of men stepped in, and the signal for descent was about to be given, when one of the men exclaimed:

    Son Philip

  • He was lying on his back, environed by slops and cursing his evil fate, and fretting his soul out of its fleshly prison, when suddenly he heard a cheerful trombone saying three words to Marthe, then came a clink-clank, and Marthe ushered into the sickroom the Commandant Raynal.

    White Lies


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