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clap back

verb; blending
Giving a rebuttal to an insult. Generally understood to be quick, smart, and vicious enough to end the dispute entirely. Typically used in describing disputes over social media, particularly on Twitter. Most common in African American Vernacular English.
 
He came at that girl out of nowhere, but she clapped back and destroyed him.
Etymology : blending of "clap" and "comeback," with "clap" adding the image of a sudden sharp action and alluding to the physical action of an aggressive clap that might accompany an argument in person
Source : Twitter, 12/08/15
Last modified: 10 December 2015


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