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, "The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria," 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, "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 The only way to eat gefilte fish is to clobber it with horseradish, like a lot of horseradish. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Evan Help Us: Will Joey Gallo still be around when the Rangers are ready to compete again?," 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, "Boston has said goodbye to big stars before, none bigger than Babe Ruth," 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, "Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge," 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, "Saudi Arabia Outlook Cut to Negative by Fitch on Oil, Virus," 9 Nov. 2020 The twin-turbo setup, on the other hand, operates sequentially so that the smaller turbo hits full boost somewhere around 2500 rpm, and at 4500 rpm the big mutha clobbers your body like a bungee jump gone wrong. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 McCloud’s addition as a grad transfer addresses the position group on the 2020 Irish roster that has been laden with the most uncertainty and fewest absolutes since ND clobbered Iowa State, 33-9, in the Camping World Bowl, Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's patient and persistent process paid off with key CB addition," 12 May 2020 Separate data overnight showed China’s manufacturing activity weakened in April as the pandemic clobbered global consumer demand, hampering Beijing’s efforts to revive the world’s second-largest economy. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks set to open lower as jobless claims top 30 million in six weeks," 30 Apr. 2020 One of America’s biggest rooftop-solar companies supports a potential relief package for an unlikely group: oil producers clobbered this week by collapsing prices. BostonGlobe.com, "Comcast offers temporary free option for new low-income customers," 12 Mar. 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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The first known use of clobber was in 1879

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27 Feb 2021

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“Clobber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clobber. Accessed 8 Mar. 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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