clapperclaw

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clapperclaw (third-person singular simple present clapperclaws, present participle clapperclawing, simple past and past participle clapperclawed)

  1. (obsolete) To fight and scratch.
    • 1909, John Hookham Frere translating Aristophanes, Acharnians
      Steady, Birds! present your beaks! in double time, charge and attack,
      Pounce upon them, smash the potlid, clapperclaw them, tear and hack. 
  2. (obsolete) To abuse with words; to revile; to scold.