claptrap

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Theater slang, c. 1730, from clap and trap, referring to theatrical techniques or gags used to incite applause.

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claptrap (countable and uncountable, plural claptraps)

  1. A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
  2. A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
  3. Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]

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