clobber

noun
clob·ber | \ˈklä-bər \

Definition of clobber 

(Entry 1 of 2)

slang, British

clobber

verb
clobbered; clobbering\-b(ə-)riŋ \

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

The milestone came a day after Betts clobbered three home runs in a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Mookie Betts hits another home run, ties long-standing Boston Red Sox record," 4 May 2018 The firm takes big risks, which clobbered it when commodities crashed in 2013-16. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018 Sixteen hits marred his last 12 ⅔ innings and, in his last start, Oakland clobbered him for three home runs. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 In an attempt to set boundaries, Athens clobbered its neighbor with a crippling trade embargo. Washington Post, "AP Explains: What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about," 13 June 2018 Northern Illinois and the Upper Midwest, including Nebraska and Iowa, have been clobbered with rain while southern Illinois has remained relatively dry, Angel said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Monday's showers push May to fourth wettest on record," 21 May 2018 Khris Davis clobbered it, a rare sight on a night where the A's required little actual contact. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Image Having spent the last month getting clobbered, more or less around the clock, State Senator Martin J. Golden this week called for the Senate to return to Albany so that the city can continue to operate speed cameras in school zones. New York Times, "Senator Does a U-Turn on Speed Cameras in School Zones," 12 July 2018 Rumors of such a move earlier this year clobbered the market value of both VMware and the tracking stock Dell created to follow the software maker as a way to help pay for its latest big move—the $60 billion takeover of EMC in 2016. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Dell Deal Is as Good as It Gets for VMware," 2 July 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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clobber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clobber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone's clothes, supplies, or equipment

clobber

verb

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

: 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 \
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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