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1‘the crowd clapped and cheered’
applaud, clap one's hands, give someone a round of applause, put one's hands together
give someone a standing ovation, applaud someone to the echo
informal give someone a hand, give someone a big hand, bring the house down
North American informal give it up
2‘he clapped Owen on the back’
slap, strike, hit, smack, crack, bang, thump, cuff
informal whack, thwack, wallop
3‘in the old days, they would have clapped you in jail’
fling, cast, put, place
informal slap, stick
4‘the dove clapped its wings’
flap, beat, flutter
1‘everybody gave him a clap’
round of applause, hand, handclap
2‘a clap on the shoulder that almost rattled my teeth’
slap, blow, smack, crack, thump, cuff
informal whack, thwack
3‘a clap of thunder’
crack, crash, bang, boom
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