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British English: /klap/
American English: /klæp/

Translation of clap in French:


  • 1 (of hands)
    battement (m) de mains
    (round of applause) applaudissements mpl
    (friendly slap) tape (f)
    to get a clap
    être applaudi
    to give somebody a clap
    applaudir quelqu'un
    a clap of thunder
  • 2 [slang] (venereal disease) to get a dose of the clap
    ramasser la chtouille [slang]

transitive verb p prés etc -pp-

  • 1to clap one's hands
    battre or taper des mains, frapper dans ses mains
    clap your hands!
    tapez dans vos mains!
    to clap one's hands over one's ears
    se mettre or se plaquer les mains sur les oreilles
    to clap one's hand over somebody's mouth
    mettre or plaquer la main sur la bouche de quelqu'un
    to clap somebody on the back
    taper quelqu'un dans le dos
    to clap something shut
    fermer quelque chose d'un coup sec
  • 3 [informal] (set)to clap somebody in irons/in jail
    mettre quelqu'un aux fers/en prison

intransitive verb


to clap eyes on

I've never clapped eyes on her before
c'est la première fois que je la vois

Phrasal verbs

clap along

battre des mains en mesure (to avec)

clap on

to clap on one's hat
enfoncer son chapeau sur sa tête
to clap on the brakes [informal] (Automobile)
freiner brusquement, piler [informal]
to clap on sail (Nautical)
mettre toutes voiles dehors
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