Clapped around course (3)
I believe the answer is:
'course' is the definition.
'clapped around' is the wordplay.
'around' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'LAP' can be found hidden inside 'clapped'.
(Other definitions for lap that I've seen before include "One circuit of a course" , "revolution" , "Thighs, when seated" , "Knees" , "Drink (like dog), circuit" .)