I went to Plymouth Library today and sat upstairs in the reference section opposite a man who had forgotten his glasses so had to read the Plymouth Herald with a magnifying glass.
I was there to consult the OED, which made me feel like a proper writer for a few minutes.
Definitions of Claptrap (rearranged only a little…for Opposition)
Don’t vent claptraps about your own virtue.
I hate that air of clap-trap, which your recent poets prize.
He fancies he covers his own astounding selfishness and indifference by this brutal clap-trap.
He disdained all cant and claptrap.
That is very eloquent but it is what I call vicious and wicked claptrap.
The piece at one point turns to deplorable dramatic claptrap.
A mechanical contrivance for making a clapping noise to express applause.
Clap trap…a kind of clapper for making a noise in the theatres.
A street juggler sings some ditty to the sound of claptraps which he swings or works in his hands.
Passing into true adjectival use: claptrappy.
The clap trap system which he has uniformly adopted during his theatrical career.
They triumphantly drew the claptrap conclusion that…
Claptrap appeals to the war – feeling of the day.
Plato….a regular claptrap speaker.
The subject is more or less claptrap.
Her plebicolar clap-trapperies.
Till goodwill sounds verily, cheerily, not claptrappily.
Did I not tell you that it was claptrappish?
The language being either claptrappish or vapid.
His clap-trappy programme of a Free Church, a free school, free labor and free land.
A trick or device to catch applause; an expression designed to elicit applause.
Sentiments which, by the theatrical people, are known by the way of claptraps.
There will be no claptraps, nothing about ‘Britannia rules the waves’.