(UK) To cut the sheep's mark off (wool), to make the wool weigh less and thus yield less duty.
Other Word Forms of Clack
Origin of Clack
From Middle English clacken, clakken, claken, from Old English *clacian ("to slap, clap, clack"; suggested by clacu (“din; harm, injury”)), from Proto-Germanic *klakōną (“to clap, chirp”), from Proto-Indo-European *glag- (“to make a noise, clap, twitter”), from Proto-Indo-European *gal- (“to roop, scream, shout”). Cognate with Scots clake, claik (“to utter cries", also "to bedaub, sully with a sticky substance”), Dutch klakken (“to clack, crack”), Low German klakken (“to slap on, daub”), Norwegian klakke (“to clack, strike, knock”), Icelandic klaka (“to twitter, chatter, wrangle, dispute”).
Middle English clakken from Old Norse klaka of imitative origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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