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backarapper (plural backarappers)
- A firework made from multiple firecrackers folded together so that they will explode one after the other.
1954, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, page 27:
- But there was also a generous distribution of squibs, crackers, backarappers, sparklers, torches, dwarf-candles, elf-fountains, goblin-barkers and thunder-claps.
1956, John Petty, Five fags a day: the last year of a scrap-picker, page 60:
- He would sink like an express lift and leap like a deer: at times he was almost flat on his back and when the hammer cracked he often appeared to be standing on his nose: like a backarapper he fizzed up and down and […]
1966, Oswald Harcourt Davis, The master: a study of Arnold Bennett, page 162:
- It would have been so easy to remove these capricious intrusions of manner clashing with theme; so easy to afford quiet relief, as in the first half of the last chapter, instead of throwing in raillery like backarappers.