Posted by ESC on December 10, 2004
In Reply to: This rings a bell posted by SR on December 10, 2004
: : "Run like the clappers.." apparently means 'flee in haste'. (I saw it in a Guardian story on volcanic lightning.) But for us old US sorts, what does 'the clappers' mean?
: It has to do with the ringing of a bell.
: clapper - noun [C]
: a piece of metal which hangs inside a bell and makes the bell ring when it hits the sides
: (from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
For more information, search the archives under "clappers."
In West Virginia, if someone was running fast, he was "splitting the mud."