Posted by Woodchuck on December 10, 2002
In Reply to: The clappers posted by TheFallen 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...
It may be, but sometimes fantasy and reality converge. I think going or throbbing "like the hammers of Hell" (as in bellhammers) is a related phrase.