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 Clapperclaw.Clapping the Prayer Books, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clapper-dudgeons.
 
Abram-men (q.v.). The clapper is the tongue of a bell, and in cant language the human “tongue.” Dudgeon is a slang word for a beggar.   1
 


 Clapperclaw.Clapping the Prayer Books, 

 
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