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A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
Empty verbiage or nonsense. [from early 19th c.]
Theater slang, c. 1730, from clap and trap, referring to theatrical techniques or gags used to incite applause.
Obsolete claptrap a theatrical trick to win applause clap trap
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
And I agree with you that we can spot the claptrap.
Its just the same old recycled claptrap over and over again.
If only I could do this at the appointed time and place without the interference of religious claptrap.
The future of the NHS deserves debate, but based on facts, not sentimental claptrap such as is presented by Ms Beckett.
This fashioning of the world around us through our words and ideas is not mystical claptrap but the pure logic of mechanics.
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