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  • n  pompous or pretentious talk or writing
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  • Bargain Advocate: Mastering the art of the garage sale
    For about a month my husband and I have been contemplating purchasing a car-top carrier. Our little SUV has ample space for a few days’ worth of luggage and baby claptrap, but not quite enough to accommodate our weekends away to the Hamptons and side junkets to our yacht docked in Miami. (Kidding.)
    June 21, 2013 - Port Clinton News Herald

  • Bill Henson in Sydney Morning Herald
    The greatness of art comes from the ambiguities, which is another way of saying it stops us from knowing what to think,Henson said. "It redeems us from a world of moralism and opinionation and claptrap."
  • Karl Marx in Enter Stage Right
    The bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parent and child : [is] disgusting,Marx wrote.
  • Peter Atkins in
    Peter Atkins, chemistry professor at Oxford university, said: "The public is well served by scientists prepared to spend time exposing scientific nonsense ...... they should be applauded for acting as warriors against claptrap."

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