"spats" in the noun sense
1. bicker, bickering, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss
a quarrel about petty points
2. spat, gaiter
a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
a young oyster or other bivalve
"spats" in the verb sense
come down like raindrops
"Bullets were spatting down on us"
become permanently attached
"mollusks or oysters spat"
strike with a sound like that of falling rain
"Bullets were spatting the leaves"
4. applaud, clap, spat, acclaim
clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
engage in a brief and petty quarrel
7. clap, spat
clap one's hands together
"The children were clapping to the music"
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