A plank bridge over a stream; a ferry-gate. A roofing-board
is called a clap-board.
A little low and lonesome shed,
With a roof of clap-boards overhead.
Alice Cary: Settlers' Christmas Eve.
Probably a corruption of clath-board, a covering board, from
Anglo-Saxon, clath, a covering, whence our clothes.
Boards for making casks are also called “clap-boards.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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