clobber

noun
clob·​ber | \ ˈklä-bər How to pronounce clobber (audio) \

Definition of clobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

slang, British

clobber

verb
clobbered; clobbering\ ˈklä-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce clobbering (audio) \

Definition of clobber (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pound mercilessly also : to hit with force clobber a home run
2a : to defeat overwhelmingly
b : to have a strongly negative impact on businesses clobbered by the recession
c : to criticize harshly

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Examples of clobber in a Sentence

Noun

Just dump your clobber anywhere. still wearing the same clobber he wore as an undergrad at Cambridge

Verb

If you say anything I'll clobber you. We clobbered them in our last game. Businesses are being clobbered by the bad economy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Because this amount was not indexed to inflation, the AMT clobbers more people each year. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Under Senate bill, some households would escape Alternative Minimum Tax," 9 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In its last home outing, Washington attracted its first sellout of the season on Feb. 2 as the Huskies clobbered UCLA 69-55. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "The Huskies have returned to prominence in Pac-12 hoops, and so has the roar on Montlake," 19 Feb. 2019 Democrats are taking advantage, manipulating that environment, and now weaponising these uncorroborated accusations as a political tool to clobber Judge Kavanaugh with. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 How new presidents tend to get clobbered in midterm elections. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Aspiring sluggers spend half of each session clobbering the bags, the other half executing strength exercises using body weight, dumbbells and lighter brass knuckle weights ($36/class, $3 to rent gloves, rumble-boxing.com). Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Why Boxing Is the Best Workout of 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 The Seahawks enter a bye week with a surge of momentum, after clobbering the Raiders in London and nearly upsetting the undefeated Rams the week prior. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Times Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks creeping toward top half of NFL’s 32 teams," 16 Oct. 2018 Increases in charges on gasoline and diesel clobber the same rural and exurban French who already pay in so many other ways. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "All the Taxes in France," 7 Dec. 2018 Last meeting: Behind 35 points from Markelle Fultz, Washington clobbered Cal State Fulleton 104-88 on Nov. 11, 2016 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "UW men’s basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton: Projected starting lineups, scouting reports," 31 Dec. 2018 This was the year when Big Tech companies were humbled, their reputations tarnished, and their share prices clobbered by a tidal wave of political outrage over misinformation, censorship, and data abuse. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Beware the Big Tech Backlash," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of clobber

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clobber

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

origin unknown

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More Definitions for clobber

clobber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British, informal : someone's clothes, supplies, or equipment

clobber

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clobber (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: to hit (someone) very hard
: to defeat (a person or team) very easily in a competition
: to have a very bad effect on (someone or something)

clobber

verb
clob·​ber | \ ˈklä-bər How to pronounce clobber (audio) \
clobbered; clobbering

Kids Definition of clobber

1 : to hit with force He clobbered a ball to the outfield.
2 : to defeat very easily

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