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A crawthumper is someone who is ostentatiously religious, i.e., they are are always beating (thumping) their craw (chest) a gesture of piety and submission. It also therefore implies an extreme obsequiousness towards the Catholic Church, priests, monseignours, and especially junior bishops. A crawthumper will know every gradation of the clergy, from curate to pope, supplicant to reverend mother. Derogatory, the term has an anticlerical tinge.
"Hes a right oul crawthumper"
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