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. Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]
  2. (historical) A device for producing a clapping sound in theaters.
  3. A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.

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