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clout

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noun \ˈklau̇t\

Simple Definition of clout

  • : the power to influence or control situations

  • : a hit especially with the hand

Full Definition of clout

  1. 1 dial chiefly British :  a piece of cloth or leather :  rag

  2. 2 :  a blow especially with the hand; also :  a hard hit in baseball

  3. 3 :  a white cloth on a stake or frame used as a target in archery

  4. 4 :  pull, influence <political clout>

Examples of clout

  1. She used her political clout to have another school built.

  2. <gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn>



Origin of clout

Middle English, from Old English clūt; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, Russian gluda


First Known Use: before 12th century


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clout

verb

Simple Definition of clout

  • baseball : to hit (the ball) very hard

  • : to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand

Full Definition of clout

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover or patch with a clout

  3. 2 :  to hit forcefully

Examples of clout

  1. He clouted 19 home runs last year.

  2. He'll clout me around the head if he finds out what I've done.



14th Century

First Known Use of clout

14th century


CLOUT Defined for Kids

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clout

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noun \ˈklau̇t\

Definition of clout

  1. 1 :  a hit especially with the hand

  2. 2 :  the power to influence or control situations




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clout

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verb

Definition of clout

clout·edclout·ing

  1. :  to hit hard





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