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

Delino DeShields clobbered Keuchel's next pitch, an elevated slider, to the wall in center field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018 Mexicans stand ready to clobber the three parties of the political right, center and left that have governed through the country’s three-decade transition from autocratic rule to fitful democracy. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about Mexico’s presidential election," 1 July 2018 But the ascendance of the Greens and other smaller parties meant that the center-left party, the Social Democrats, got absolutely clobbered. Jen Kirby, Vox, "German leader Angela Merkel was just dealt a major political blow," 15 Oct. 2018 Photo: jason lee/Reuters One standout gainer Friday was Tencent Holdings Ltd. , the Chinese internet giant that has been clobbered in recent days. Steven Russolillo And Shen Hong, WSJ, "Chinese Stocks Swing to Gains, Selloff Ends in Asia," 12 Oct. 2018 Yet as Yost sat in his office at the Rogers Centre on early Wednesday afternoon, hours before the Royals were swept out of Toronto by virtue of a 15-5 clobbering by the Blue Jays, that novelty had begun to wear away. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Ned Yost believed in his bullpen, but it keeps getting worse after Jays sweep Royals | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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)

: 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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