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- n. Plural form of thigh-slapper.
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But when my card number came up at the library, I found those passages to be something less than thigh-slappers.
And that's probably one of the lesser thigh-slappers.
The gags, although still far from thigh-slappers, resonate in the real world.
It is as though Amis has lived with the ideas so long that he can't let anything go - including some wincing thigh-slappers about which even Thomas Pynchon might hesitate ( "Sexual intercourse had come a long way"; "Spin this out, Scheherazade").
Here we find the howling thigh-slappers “the irrefutable theory of irreducible complexity” (which isn’t a theory, it’s specific claims each of which is thoroughly refuted), “hostility toward religion” (how dare they restrict science class to mere science?)
In an attack of Respectability, he’d composed a high-blown Christmas epistle in December to Mrs. Fairbanks—that other stranger to the joys of thigh-slappers—and, with Livy in mind as an audience, allowed the Cleveland matron to publish an excerpt in the Herald on January 16.