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[mass noun] Absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas:‘such sentiments are just pious claptrap’
- ‘Thankfully there is little chance clever agencies will start falling for this PC claptrap.’
- ‘The plot is a baffling array of gangster parody nonsense, sexist claptrap and kidnap chaos.’
- ‘How is science served by such lamentable claptrap?’
- ‘I might not have a lot of letters after my name but I can tell you that this is claptrap.’
- ‘And he knows how to sum up his point in a few words with no gobbledygook or claptrap!’
- ‘The problem is not that he speaks his mind but that, when he's not talking about the on-field action, the content of his mind largely consists of sanctimonious claptrap.’
- ‘I wonder who Nicola thinks she's fooling with this pious claptrap.’
- ‘The closure is accompanied by the usual claptrap about improving customer service.’
- ‘The global citizen is assaulted with a cacophony of claptrap, and mumbo-jumbo has gained the upper hand.’
- ‘Also, this is highly unscientific claptrap, but interesting nonetheless.’
- ‘Still less does one want to hear Marxist claptrap about colonialism.’
- ‘I couldn't believe my own father was uttering such ageist claptrap.’
- ‘Of course, since astrology is all complete claptrap, this shouldn't concern me at all, should it?’
- ‘He said: ‘If they are going to support this sort of claptrap, the outlook for local communities is very bad indeed.’’
- ‘He has the freedom now to speak his mind on issues that affect us all, and he presents a solid case damning them, without a lot of romantic claptrap.’
- ‘To call them anything else is sentimental claptrap.’
- ‘The whole plan is utter claptrap and wastes time.’
- ‘Long before he died, he wrote an essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, which in a normal mood I usually dismiss as overwrought claptrap.’
- ‘I cringe whenever I see his face or hear his self - righteous claptrap.’
- ‘The reason I did not publish such stuff is that it was inconsequential claptrap.’
Mid 18th century (denoting something designed to elicit applause): from clap + trap.
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