Definition of clip-clop in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈklɪpklɒp


[in singular]
  • The sound of a horse’s hoofs beating on a hard surface: the clip-clop of horseshoes ringing against the roadway
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    • For a moment the only sound was the clip-clop of hooves on the tarmac.
    • It was calm and peaceful; the only sound was the clip-clop of the horses' hooves and the chirping of the birds.
    • I smiled, looking at Brandon as he clapped his hands together making a clip-clop of horse's hooves.


[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
  • Move with a clip-clop: the horses clip-clopped slowly along the street
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    • Carriages being pulled by horses clip-clopped along the coble streets and their masters whipped them to pick up the pace.
    • As the horses clip-clopped along, their riders sat relaxed, talking animatedly.
    • Last night there were 15 or 20 police on horses clip-clopping down my street at 11.30 p.m., keeping children and everyone else awake.


late 19th century: imitative.

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