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[klem] /klɛm/

verb (used with or without object), clemmed, clemming. British Dialect.
to starve.
verb clems, clemming, clemmed, clams, clamming, clammed
(when transitive, usually passive) (English, dialect) to be hungry or cause to be hungry


A fight between show people and the local citizenry: It’d start a clem, with me in the middle


To disperse rioting customers at a circus or carnival (1920s+ Circus & carnival)


A cry used by circus people to rally forces in a fight with townspeople



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