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clap (sense ‘to clap hands, applaud’ is not pre-S.; 3 is the usual S. sense; ‘to tap, pat’ also occurs)
1. “clap to,” shut smartly 1H4 II. iv. 309, Cor. I. iv. 51.
2. to strike (hands) reciprocally in token of a bargain H5 V. ii. 134 “and so hands and a bargain” ; hence apparently the use in Wint. I. ii. 104 “Ere I could make thee open thy white hand And clap thyself my love” ; so “ up,” settle (a bargain) hastily Shr. II. i. 319 “Was ever match clapp'd up so suddenly?,” John III. i. 235.
3. to put or set smartly or vigorously Wiv. II. ii. 144 “ on more sails,” R2 III. ii. 114, Rom. III. i. 6 “c-s me his sword upon the table,” Ant. III. viii. [x.] 29; absol. 2H4 III. ii. 51 “a' would have clapped” [viz. an arrow] “i' the clout.”
4. “ up,” put in prison 2H6 I. iv. 53; fig. Ant. IV. ii. 17.
5. to impose (fines) H8 V. iv. 86.
6. to enter “into” briskly, strike “into” (a song) Meas. IV. iii. 44, AYL. V. iii. 12 “a song . . . Shall we clap into 't roundly?”
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