Claque

A claque is an organized body of professional applauders in French theatres and opera houses. Members of a claque are called claqueurs. ==History== Hiring people to applaud dramatic performances was common in classical times. For example, when the Emperor Nero acted, he had his performance greeted by an encomium chanted by five thousand of his sol...
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Claque

• (n.) A collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition.
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claque

(French claquer: `to clap`), organized body of persons who, either for hire or from other motives, band together to applaud or deride a performance ...
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claque

noun a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
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Claque

Claque noun [ French] A collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition.
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Claque

A claque was a body of men and women (known as claqueurs) hired to applaud, laugh and weep as appropriate in theatres with the intention of making the show a success. It originated in France around 1760 and ceased around 1878.
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claque

Body of people formerly hired to applaud in theatres and thus ensure the success of a play. According to the Roman historian Suetonius, the emperor Nero had 5,000 paid applauders who attended his...
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claque

group of hired applauders or sycophants
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claque

[n] - a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
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