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n. Chiefly Midland US
A piece of cloth, especially a baby's diaper.
[Middle English, cloth patch, shred of clothing, probably from Old English clūt.]
a. Influence; pull: "Doctors have banded together into large negotiating groups in efforts to increase their clout" (George Anders).
b. Power; muscle.
2. A blow, especially with the fist.
a. Baseball A long powerful hit.
b. Sports An archery target.
tr.v. clout·ed, clout·ing, clouts
To hit, especially with the fist.
[Middle English, back of the hand, slap, probably from clout, cloth patch, metal plate, fragment; see clout1.]
1. informal a blow with the hand or a hard object
2. power or influence, esp in politics
3. (Archery) archery
a. the target used in long-distance shooting
b. the centre of this target
c. a shot that hits the centre
4. (Building) Also called: clout nail a short flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood
a. a piece of cloth: a dish clout.
b. a garment
c. a patch
6. informal to give a hard blow to, esp with the hand
7. (Knitting & Sewing) to patch with a piece of cloth or leather
[Old English clūt piece of metal or cloth, clūtian to patch (C14: to strike with the hand); related to Dutch kluit a lump, and to clod]
1. a blow, esp. with the hand.
2. influence; pull.
3. a long hit in baseball.
4. the mark or target shot at in archery, esp. in long-distance shooting.
5. Dial. a piece of cloth.v.t.
6. to hit or cuff.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English clūt piece of cloth or metal, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German klūte, Old Norse klūtr]
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|Noun||1.||clout - a target used in archery|
|2.||clout - special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"|
|3.||clout - a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood|
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
|4.||clout - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"|
knockout punch, KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker - a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
hook - a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab - a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch - a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch - an unexpected punch
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
|Verb||1.||clout - strike hard, especially with the fist; "He clouted his attacker"|
strike - deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
1. A sudden sharp, powerful stroke:
2. Informal. The power to produce an effect by indirect means:
(inf: = blow) → Schlag m; to give somebody a clout → jdm eine runterhauen (inf); to give something a clout → auf etw (acc) → schlagen or hauen (inf); to give somebody a clout round the ears → jdm eine Ohrfeige geben (inf); to give oneself a clout on the knee, to give one’s knee a clout → sich (dat) → aufs Knie hauen (inf); (against door etc) → sich (dat) → das Knie (an)stoßen or anschlagen
(political, industrial) → Schlagkraft f