Definition of slow handclap in English:

slow handclap


  • An instance of slow, rhythmic clapping by an audience as a sign of displeasure or impatience.

    ‘they were giving the slow handclap to the end of the procession’
    • ‘There are physical assaults and verbal abuse, they are called ‘lazy sluts’ and get slow handclaps from people in queues.’
    • ‘At one point the crowd even broke into a slow handclap, to which Lawrence responded by urging the faithful for greater support.’
    • ‘Ever the showman, Warne responded to a slow handclap from the crowd - unhappy at the time he was taking to bowl his overs - by cupping his hand to his ear.’
    • ‘A small far right group attempted a counter - demonstration, but slunk away to jeers and slow handclaps from the crowd.’
    • ‘He was handed a microphone and started chanting to the ancestors, with the assembled healers kneeling around him, providing first a slow handclap, then a chorus line at intervals.’
    • ‘‘They're litigious and they slow handclap,’ he says mischievously.’
    • ‘There were jeers, heckles, slow handclaps and delegates held up giant letters that spelt out the word ‘Strike‘.’
    • ‘A widely expected walkout by activists wearing anti-war T-shirts did not materialise, the devastating slow handclap failed to start.’
    • ‘Their reporting of the Women's Institute debacle, in which Blair was heckled and given a slow handclap reception, did not disappoint him, he says.’
    • ‘One of the women on the flight got on the stairs and led us all in the slow handclap.’
    • ‘There have been wobbles before: the slow handclap from the Women's Institute, the fuel protesters and sundry ambushes in hospital foyers.’
    • ‘Dickon Jones paused long enough to give her a slow handclap.’
    • ‘Currie had been welcomed back to a slow handclap having chosen to return to the dressing room at half time.’
    • ‘Leaping on to his chair and launching a torrential tirade, the heckler seemed unstoppable, until a staunch staff member of the party newspaper Labour Weekly set off a slow handclap which drowned him out.’
    • ‘Regent is receiving the equivalent of a slow handclap in the City.’
    • ‘The very best Mr Blunkett could hope for, it seemed, was a repeat of the slow handclap that greeted the politician at last year's conference.’
    • ‘Restiveness begins to happen, including something I never saw before at a gig: a slow handclap.’
    • ‘Boos, jeers, cheers and slow handclaps greet the candidates as they each deliver their parting shots.’
    • ‘The prime minister famously received a slow handclap during an ill-judged talk to the WI in June 2000.’
    • ‘A slow handclap greeted his claims that police training colleges had accepted more recruits and standards had been maintained.’


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