Meaning of like the clappers in English:

like the clappers

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phrase

informal British
  • Very fast or very hard.

    • ‘she ran off like the clappers’
    • ‘It was really good money and we just used to go like the clappers to get the job done as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘The windscreen wipers are going like the clappers, their constant thwack/thwack reminding me of Janet Leigh driving through the torrential rain in Psycho, just before she checks out forever.’
    • ‘Parents, pupils, governors and staff worked like the clappers throughout the school's centenary year in 2002 to raise money to pay for the refurbishment of the original school calling bell.’
    • ‘An hour later, we had picked up speed, and I was still alive, so I thought it was safe to emerge from the sweaty depths of my hiding place, though my heart was still going like the clappers.’
    • ‘The competitive instinct came to the fore, and I caught him, passed him, and then of course had to keep going like the clappers for the next three miles so he didn't pass me again.’
    • ‘But there is far more to his game than just running like the clappers.’
    • ‘Then she'll drive like the clappers and be so charming when she gets there that everyone forgives her.’
    • ‘Whether it was the danger or the steep climb, my heart was going like the clappers when I got to the church.’
    • ‘All of you, when I say so, lift this on top of the photocopier, and prepare to run like the clappers.’
    • ‘He didn't tell me he was departing, and he was going like the clappers.’
    quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, post-haste, hotfoot, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, expeditiously, briskly, promptly