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

Lindsey said Prabowo would be expected to play on anxiety towards China, which has built its economic and military clout in the region in recent years and is in dispute with some Southeast Asian countries over parts of the South China Sea. Bloomberg.com, "Indonesian General Prabowo Poised to Run for President," 26 Feb. 2018 By contrast, Catalonia’s economic strength generated bigger tensions with Madrid, and was never matched by political clout: Spanish governments between 1875 and 1931 included only 18 Catalan ministers in total. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 Trump’s clout with GOP voters is on the line in today’s primaries, reports the AP. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Comparing states' Senate and presidential votes," 26 June 2018 Two decades on, Mr Gertler’s clout in Congo is undiminished. The Economist, "Glencore dodges American sanctions rather than spurn its friends," 21 June 2018 Saudi Arabia’s clout stems from an abundance of spare capacity. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Shale Surges, But Oil Market Power Swings Back to Saudis," 28 May 2018 That basic view of the cause of the NRA’s clout is shared by many political scientists, journalists, and pundits, on both the right and the left. Charlotte Hill, Vox, "The real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections," 24 Mar. 2018 Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an author and political analyst, said that before Farrakhan’s recent Chicago speech grabbed national headlines, the Nation of Islam leader’s clout had been dimming. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Nation of Islam lashes out at 3 black members of Congress, calling them sellouts for denouncing Farrakhan," 14 Mar. 2018 That clout will be on display heading into the 2018 midterm elections as gun control advocates demand swift action following the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida. Richard Lardner, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio race shows how NRA flexes its political muscle," 5 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The other highlight was Bryce Mead clouting a grand slam during a six-run first inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park clouts 5 HRs in 20-1 romp over South Houston," 7 Apr. 2018 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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Dictionary Entries near clout

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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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