clam

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈklæm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/klæm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(klam)


Inflections of 'clam' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
clams
v 3rd person singular
clamming
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
clammed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
clammed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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clam

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. [open, eat, order] clams
  2. [crack, pry] open the clams
  3. clams with [garlic, beer, vinegar]
  4. clams in white wine sauce
  5. clams [in, with] tomato sauce
  6. [spaghetti, linguine] with clams
  7. clams [on the beach, in a tide pool]
  8. eat [fried, baked] clams
  9. buy clams by the [pound, kilo]
  10. Clams are [shellfish, mollusks, invertebrates].
  11. is as [tight, resilient, silent] as a clam
  12. slang: [made, won, earned] [500] clams (last week)
v
  1. he clammed (right) up when [questioned, threatened]
  2. clam up about
  3. clam shut
n as adj
  1. open the clam shell
  2. (make) clam [chowder, sauce, dip]
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