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 After-cast.After Meat, Mustard. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
After-clap.
 
Beware of after-claps. An after-clap is a catastrophe or threat after an affair is supposed to be over. It is very common in thunderstorms to hear a “clap” after the rain subsides, and the clouds break.   1
       
“What plaguy mischief and mishaps
Do dog him still with after-claps.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, Pt. i. 3.
 


 After-cast.After Meat, Mustard. 

 
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