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 clobbering (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

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

As The O’s John Canzano wrote from the scene, Oregon State clobbered Cal Poly and gave fans a reason to cheer, making this victory worth every penny of the $600,000 the Beavers paid for it. oregonlive, "It might be raining today, but everything looks brighter for the Oregon State Beavers: Issues & Answers," 15 Sep. 2019 In the sixth, a wild pitch by Blackburn sent in another run, and in the seventh, Chirinos clobbered a three-run homer. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Astros pummel A’s, Mike Fiers’ winning streak ends at 12," 9 Sep. 2019 Now, the Blue Devils have clobbered their way to decisive victories. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls maintains its bite; why Brunswick’s chain has stronger links: HS football quick hits," 9 Sep. 2019 There was a robust uproar in New Orleans and beyond after Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman clobbered Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball arrived, yet no flag was thrown. Los Angeles Times, "NFL season kicks off with Packers-Bears, questions on pass-interference replay," 4 Sep. 2019 Kyle Schwarber clobbered the next pitch 437 feet, almost clearing the right-field bleachers. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Just about everything goes right for the Cubs as their 8-3 win caps a sweep of the Pirates," 14 July 2019 Chris Vannini of The Athletic: The way Central Florida clobbered Stanford was a statement. oregonlive, "It’s time for the Oregon Ducks’ offensive line to play to its reputation: Issues & Answers," 16 Sep. 2019 Even if the Hurricanes win it and get clobbered by Clemson in the conference championship game, that’ll be a huge step in the right direction. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Which First-Year Coach Is in the Best Position to Make an Impact in 2019?," 17 June 2019 The Eagles remain perched on top of the rankings for the second straight week after clobbering Palm Beach Central 40-13 on the road. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County high school football top 10 rankings," 27 Aug. 2019

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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)

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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