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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Explo’sion
 
means literally, driven out by clapping the hands (Latin, explo’doi.e. ex-plaudo); hence the noise made by clapping the hands, a report made by ignited gunpowder, etc.   1
 


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