clout

noun
\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

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

But in the centers of music-industry clout—which in the U.S. meant New York and Los Angeles—power brokers were slow to take house seriously. Yana Kunichoff, Chicago Reader, "Entertainment lawyer Jay B. Ross fought for the people who made the music he loved," 19 Apr. 2018 However, even with the star's clout and monetary support, Charles was still denied the ability to rent an apartment. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Offers to Pay Five Years of Rent for a Former Inmate Yet He Was Denied a Home," 18 Mar. 2019 For example, did YouTube only take another look because people with clout made a ruckus over it? Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 No one with clout inside the party's leadership is making an effort to take harassment and assault seriously. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Just look at Bill Shine and Donald Trump.," 24 Sep. 2018 Though the lead roles ultimately went to stars with more clout and credits—including Constance Wu and Awkwafina—a few spots were given to Asian and Asian American actors and artists who applied. Erika Lee, Glamour, "This Singer Auditioned for Crazy Rich Asians Through YouTube—and Got a Role," 23 Aug. 2018 In addition to teaming up with marquee actresses and directors, Apple has also recruited executives with industry clout — clear signs, according to Cryan, that Apple is serious about going toe-to-toe with prestigious production companies. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 The survey provides the latest evidence that the bloc of voters who support further immigration restrictions remain a distinct minority in the U.S., albeit one with disproportionate clout given their sway within the Trump administration. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Despite Trump's crackdown, Americans are more sympathetic to immigrants, poll shows," 28 June 2018 Lolla had appeared so untouchable that even this modest slowdown felt like a dire harbinger—if its dominance was weakening, even incrementally, what would happen to Chicago festivals with less clout? Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Does Chicago have too many music festivals?," 30 May 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 and Verb

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

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clout nail

clout-shoe

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clout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the power to influence or control situations
chiefly British, informal : 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
chiefly British : to hit (someone or something) hard especially with your hand

clout

noun
\ ˈklau̇t How to pronounce clout (audio) \

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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