clout

noun
\ ˈklau̇t \

Definition of clout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, chiefly British : a piece of cloth or leather : rag

2 : a blow especially with the hand When she was naughty, she would get a clout from her mother. also : a hard hit in baseball

3 : a white cloth on a stake or frame used as a target in archery

4 : pull, influence political clout She parlayed her box-office clout to wealth and independence —B. S. Pierre

clout

verb
clouted; clouting; clouts

Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or patch with a clout clouted his worn-out shoe with a piece of leather

2 : to hit forcefully He clouted 19 home runs last year. He clouted him on the back of the head.

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Examples of clout in a Sentence

Noun

She used her political clout to have another school built. gave the stubborn handle a solid clout to make it turn

Verb

He clouted 19 home runs last year. He'll clout me around the head if he finds out what I've done.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The electoral system the Founders devised, and which their successors elaborated, gives rural voters more clout than urban ones. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 The re-signing of Nani will undoubtedly provide Sporting CP fans with some welcome relief from the current negative clout which surrounds the Portuguese giants. SI.com, "Sporting CP Officially Confirm the Signing of Former Manchester United Star Nani," 11 July 2018 But his famous name and attachment to causes dear to populist Republicans’ hearts – particularly his insistence that the 44th president is a secret Kenyan – give Arpaio electoral clout. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Power Rankings: Not so peachy primaries," 9 July 2018 But given the founders’ clout, the venture’s successes could become a model for health care around the country. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 23 June 2018 Without Big Beer’s clout or local brewpubs’ cachet, these invaders need world-class beers and/or a smart strategy to gain a toehold. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Military-themed Honor Brewing's San Diego tour of duty," 3 May 2018 Being able to set the rules for world trade delivers economic clout to the rule setter. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Trump’s Criticism of May’s Brexit Plan Zeroes In on Trade Reality," 13 July 2018 Besides being the place’s biggest booster, a letter from him packs a certain amount of clout. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "How the Hoagie Historian is fighting to save Philly's beleaguered History Museum | Mike Newall," 11 July 2018 At the rights council, the United States has recently been the most unabashed critic of rights abuses in China — whose growing economic and diplomatic clout has chastened some other would-be critics, rights advocates say. Washington Post, "US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jordan Phillips, who set the table for his clean-up hitter by clouting a double in the first and a single in the third, scored on both of Martin’s doubles. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park forces pivotal Game 3 after 2-1 victory over Summer Creek," 5 May 2018 Reggie Jackson, who once clouted homers next door for the Oakland A’s, and who hit 563 long balls in his 21-year career, came to the game early to watch Stephen Curry warm up. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Longball legends: Reggie Jackson admires Steph Curry’s quest for back-to-back titles," 4 June 2018 Sophomore Coby Mayo has clouted a team-leading four home runs and has an on-base-percentage of .571. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas Eagles soaring toward post-season baseball tournament," 8 Apr. 2018 In 2003, flanked by Garciaparra and scrapheap pickup David Ortiz, Ramirez led the AL in OBP (.427) and intentional walks (28) and clouted 37 homers. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Talented and Tainted, Manny Ramirez Is One of the Hall of Fame's Most Challenging Cases," 15 Dec. 2017 Three days later , Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees wiped out the major league rookie record for four-baggers by clouting his 50th. John Walters, Newsweek, "Stunning Theory Explaining MLB Home-run Barrage: Swinging Harder Works!," 3 Oct. 2017 Campbell ripped a double and two singles, driving in a pair of runs, and clouted a triple and two singles, knocking in one run, to spark Willow Glen’s 15-hit assault. Dave Mendonca, The Mercury News, "Willow Glen, Rose Garden: Lions need a little help if they hope for a share of league softball title," 4 May 2017 As the home unbeaten streak builds toward 13 months, and as Sporting Kansas City parlays that clout into a top spot in the Western Conference, the road outings have told a different story. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity.com, "Sporting KC draws San Jose 0-0 on the road Saturday," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of clout

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clout

Noun

Middle English, from Old English clūt; akin to Middle High German klōz lump, Russian gluda

Verb

see clout entry 1

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clour

clous

clout

clouterly

clout nail

clout-shoe

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More Definitions for clout

clout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power to influence or control situations

: a hit especially with the hand

clout

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

baseball : to hit (the ball) very hard

: to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand

clout

noun
\ ˈklau̇t \

Kids Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hit especially with the hand

2 : the power to influence or control situations

clout

verb
clouted; clouting

Kids Definition of clout (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit hard

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