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 Clan-na-Gael (The).Clapper. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clap-trap.
 
Something introduced to win applause; something really worthless, but sure to take with the groundlings. A trap to catch applause.   1
 


 Clan-na-Gael (The).Clapper. 

 
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