How do you say produce more noises through clapping? Clapping as in hand clapping. I thought outclapped means exactly that, but it's not even a word, so I would like to know if there's any word or phrase used to say that.

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    Clap more, clap louder, don't stop clapping. If you really mean a comparison, I think "out-x" is considered productive, so even if it's not in a dictionary, it will be understood and idiomatic. Sep 10, 2021 at 0:32
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    Heh, you posted this comment as I was writing up my answer saying almost exactly the same thing. Sep 10, 2021 at 0:37
  • BTW, a car that no longer works well is clapped out., perhaps from the idea that someone "beat" on the car. Of course if the muffler is clapped out, it's LOUD. Sep 10, 2021 at 1:34

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There is not a single word in common usage that means this. That doesn't mean we can't express the idea, just usually not in a single word. Incidentally, your suggestion of "outclap" might actually work as neologism! It's not a word in the dictionary, but it uses the prefix "out-" in an unambiguous way, and I believe both native and proficient English speakers alike would find the word to be understandable.

Outside of your lovely neologism however, to clap is of course the verb we need to focus on. We just need to apply some comparative adverbs to it. The following all work, and the parts in parenthesis are optional.

He clapped louder (than someone else).

He clapped harder (than someone else).

He clapped more (than someone else).

Note that this last one, clapped more does not necessarily mean louder, but rather more repeatedly, or for a longer duration. However, it can imply louder, even if it doesn't actually mean louder literally or directly.

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