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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clapperclaw.
 
To jangle and claw each other about. (Dutch and German, klappen, to strike, clatter.)   1
        “Now they are clapper-clawing one another I’ll go look on.”—Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, v. 4.
   A clapper-claw is a back-scratcher.   2
 


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