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 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 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 Zeke Nnaji added three points and five rebounds for the Wildcats, who hit just 1 of 8 3-pointers but shot 41.7% overall from the field and clobbered the Cougars on the glass, with a 27-13 rebounding advantage. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Arizona basketball rides Stone Gettings past Washington," 1 Feb. 2020 The comeback became a clobbering by the time the third quarter ended. oregonlive, "NFL Playoffs 2020: Kansas City overcomes 24-point deficit and rolls past the Houston Texans in a Divisional Round playoff," 12 Jan. 2020 Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium echoed with the thwack of bats hitting balls on Thursday, as the Rakuten Monkeys clobbered the Uni Lions 15 to 3. Ivan Watson, Rebecca Wright And Tom Booth, CNN, "Taiwan plays ball -- and broadcasts live games to the world," 17 Apr. 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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“Clobber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clobber. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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