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The clappers

Posted by TheFallen on December 10, 2002

In Reply to: The clappers posted by James Briggs on December 10, 2002

: : What is the derivation of "going like the clappers"

: My references say that is US Black, circa 1920+ in origin, and is related to enthusiastic clapping during Gospel Services. I find this only just plausible. Any other offers?

I always thought it was to do with bells - the frantic movement of a clapper inside a vigorously rung bell. Mind you, this may just be me being delusional...