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 The Reds were first togged out by New Balance for the 2015/16 season, following the American sportswear company's takeover of Warrior Sports (remember them?) and have produced Liverpool's clobber for the last five seasons. SI.com, "Ranking Every Liverpool New Balance Kit as Reds Prepare to Switch to Nike," 29 Sep. 2019 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 On another scramble, safety Jimmie Ward clobbered him so hard with a shoulder to the chest that Mahomes fumbled out of bounds. Adam Kilgore, Anchorage Daily News, "‘That play in our back pocket’: How Patrick Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win," 3 Feb. 2020 The assertion that Trump has been impeached merely for going to court involves some sleight-of-hand, over which his defense team is likely to get clobbered. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "In Impeachment’s Obstruction Dispute, Dissembling by Both Sides," 24 Jan. 2020 Freitas narrowly lost the nomination to Stewart, who went on to get clobbered in the general election by Sen. Tim Kaine (D). Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "From shoo-in to write-in: Paperwork stumble forces a Va. Republican to run the hard way," 23 Oct. 2019 The Dodgers clobbered him, and Stengel pulled him in the second inning. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 But this night showed us all something: The Tigers can clobber a conference opponent without heroics from Lawrence. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "No. 1 Clemson Reminds Rest of College Football It Has an All-World Tailback Too," 29 Aug. 2019 A week after clobbering the Los Angeles Rams with their best performance of season, it was apparently set up too perfectly for the Cowboys. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Cowboys fall to Eagles, lose control of NFC East as playoff odds shrink," 22 Dec. 2019 The big question is whether such a package can exclude the growth-clobbering stuff that the Peronists campaigned against. The Economist, "How Alberto Fernández plans to cope with Argentina’s economic crisis," 12 Dec. 2019 The Trojans clobbered rival UCLA Saturday for their eighth win of the season and if Utah loses to Colorado this weekend, USC would represent the South in the Pac-12 title game. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Oregon’s stumble, Ohio State’s rise among 10 things we learned during college football Saturday," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of clobber was in 1879

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“Clobber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clobber. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for clobber

clobber

noun
How to pronounce clobber (audio)

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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