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 clobber (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 Neat, said engineers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine, who’ve invented a clever kind of material based on the mantis shrimp’s clobber-sticks. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Feb. 2021 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, 29 Sep. 2019 Because this amount was not indexed to inflation, the AMT clobbers more people each year. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Monero, or any other cryptocurrency, was going to be used not only to launder money, but to hold critical infrastructure ransom for payment in crypto, then surely a government would step in and clobber that cryptocurrency. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Unlike antibodies, which can zero in on specific pathogens, innate immune cells are built to clobber just about anything that doesn’t resemble their human host. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 22 Apr. 2021 As professional sports go, the Padres are the only remaining cudgel with which to clobber L.A. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Natalia Ruiz started realizing the coronavirus was going to clobber her catering business when she was forced to discard a whole refrigerator of Jabugo ham, smoked salmon and foie gras. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 The only way to eat gefilte fish is to clobber it with horseradish, like a lot of horseradish. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021 A hundred years later, no one swings for the fences anymore, for fear the fence will come back and clobber ‘em. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2020 Britain's move to mandate a 10-day quarantine for those returning from Dubai threatens to clobber what's left of the tourism sector. Isabel Debre, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2021 Saudi Arabia’s outlook was cut to negative from stable by Fitch Ratings as the coronavirus pandemic and lower oil prices clobber the kingdom’s finances. Matthew Martin, Bloomberg.com, 9 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clobber. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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