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From Middle English afterclap, afterclappe, equivalent to after- +‎ clap. Compare Low German achterklap (afterclap).


afterclap (plural afterclaps)

  1. An unexpected subsequent event or repercussion.
  2. Something happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
  3. A problem or danger that arises after a threat is supposed to have passed.


  • afterclap in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)