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Theatre a group of people hired to applaud



a group hired to act as spectators and promote the bogus success or downfall of an actor or an entire performance. Claques are frequently employed in capitalist countries, especially in opera theaters.

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Play stump the copy editor with gems such as claque ("a group hired to applaud at a performance"), footle ("to talk or act foolishly"), declivitous ("moderately steep") and imago ("an idealized mental image of another person or the self").
which recommended him to the increasingly raucous claque of anti-Versailles revisionists and conservative revolutionaries aiming to overthrow Weimar democracy, including the right-wing veterans' league Der Stahlhelm (The Steel Helmets) and at least briefly the Nazi Party.
We follow a claque of frumpy, ego-jostling, middle-aged academics on a tour of the Terrezenstadt Nazi concentration camp where Landau wrestles mightilyagainst his own jealousies and under a cruelly blazing sun--to construe justly and objectively his flamboyant yet vexing rival, Jiri Krakauer, star writer and academic, who, although deserving of sympathy as a one-time inmate of the very camp, is arguably a fraud.
The turning point comes when a classmate invites him to become part of a claque for a right-wing speaker who defends forcefully the atrocities of Japanese militarism.
Furthermore, Piven and Cloward and their claque (in which I am proud to claim membership) have consistently framed their argument for higher benefits in the kind of class terms Tomasky ought to admire.
J'oserais dire que l'Eglise diocesaine de Rimouski, clerge et laics confondus, aurait sans doute ete l'une des premieres au pays a endosser le sacerdoce des femmes si Rome n'avait pas maladroitement claque la porte.
Unfortunately, he also wants to vilify the latter as a claque of clones.
The Journal's editorialists chimed in on February 26, 1992: "Notwithstanding the claque that seems to view endowment funding as a political |right,' we think that a government agency that puts its money on the line has the right to make judgments about a work's value.
Tommy Cox would arrange a claque (paid three shillings an hour) to applaud loudly any remark by Bottomley.
La claque magistrale de Patrice Bergamini a Rached Ghannouchi , faut-il le remarquer aussi, ne concerne pas qu'Ennahdha.
Ce jeudi, l'isolationnisme du President Trump qui, depuis son arrivee a la Maison Blanche, a remis en cause plusieurs institutions internationales, a encore fait parler de lui quand les Etats-Unis, en denoncant la politique [beaucoup moins que]anti-israelienne[beaucoup plus grand que] de l'UNESCO (Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'Education, la Science et la Culture), ont claque la porte de cette institution et invite cette derniere, dans un communique emanant de leur Departement d'Etat, a entreprendre [beaucoup moins que]une reforme en profondeur[beaucoup plus grand que] et a reviser [beaucoup moins que]ses partis-pris anti-israeliens persistants[beaucoup plus grand que].
Cuando me presente ya estaba en una escuela de comedia musical, cantaba, bailaba claque, jazz, interpretaba .