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

Black women in the California Democratic Party are demanding more clout, saying the organization has failed to make room for them at the top. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: A tragedy in Gilroy," 3 Aug. 2019 The message being sent to the world was clear: with a soaring economy and growing political and cultural clout, China itself was now in the super league. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "The foreign footballers giving up their passports to become Chinese," 29 July 2019 And with Rivian, Polestar, and other electric brands coming online while legacy companies aggressively shift to electrification, eventually California's emissions clout will be irrelevant. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The California Fuel Economy Deal Isn't As Sweet As It Looks," 26 July 2019 The battle over the extradition bill may bleed into global tensions over China’s rising geopolitical and strategic clout, which has erupted into a trade war. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "In Hong Kong, masses turn out in ‘last battle’ against China extradition bill," 11 June 2019 But last year’s midterm elections were disappointing, and Mr. Trump has gone wanting for political clout in the immigration fight. Shelby Steele, WSJ, "The Right and the Moral High Ground," 31 Mar. 2019 For all the clout in the Yankees’ lineup — so loaded, one through nine, that otherwise certified big-league hitters have to be stashed in Class AAA, like a bin of quality toys in the attic — it can be neutralized. New York Times, "Yankees Offense Takes the Day Off Against Justin Verlander," 28 May 2018 What’s not in question is that Xi wants to increase his country’s clout, to show the world that his model of government is a worthy alternative to those of the West. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "President for Life? Xi Jinping May Now Be China's New Emperor," 5 Mar. 2018 Spotify would have to be careful how to monetise this clout, lest it be suspected of charging for a place on its playlists. The Economist, "Having rescued recorded music, Spotify may upend the industry again," 11 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sammy Moreno clouted a two-RBI double and Maddox Juarez added a run-scoring single to left field, creating the 8-0 lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange 13s open South Zone Tournament by defeating Louisiana team," 17 July 2019 When Wall Street calls, Chicago’s clouted class listens. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will need more money from taxpayers to fund city government," 12 June 2019 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

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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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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
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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