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"Oh, it's just like a pink story," she cried, clapping her hands.

The sails had fallen off and they were flapping and thumping and clapping in the wind.

"I think you are in love," said the host, clapping him on the back.

He was clapping his hands silently and laughing quietly, but still he was laughing.

Laughter and clapping of hands and acclamations again arose.

Loud and continuous, gloriously continuous, came the clapping.

The band had ceased to play, and the people were shouting, clapping hands, and cheering.

"There's a father for you," said the old wife, clapping her hands, and almost in tears.

"Then I've found your job," said Sheldon heartily, clapping Peter on the back.

"That's what you must look to, Bramleigh," he would say, clapping him on the shoulder.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English clæppan "to throb, beat," common West Germanic, echoic (cf. Old Frisian klapa "to beat," Old Norse klappa, Old High German klaphon, German klappen, Old Saxon klapunga). Meaning "to strike or knock" is from c.1300. Meaning "to make a sharp noise" is late 14c. Of hands, to beat them together to get attention or express joy, from late 14c. To clap (someone) on the back is from 1520s. Related: Clapped; clapping.

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