like the clappers






like the clappers

very fast or very hard – British informal

Clappers may refer to the striking part of a bell or it may refer to a device in a mill for striking or shaking the hopper in order to make the grain move down to the millstones.

The phrase like the clappers developed as mid 20th-century RAF slang and is sometimes found in the form like the clappers of hell.

1992 - Jeff Torrington - Swing Hammer Swing! - Why should a hearse be going like the clappers through the streets of Glasgow at this time of night?




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