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clout 1

 (klout)
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.]

clout 2

 (klout)
n.
1.
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.
3.
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.]
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clout

(klaʊt)
n
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
5. dialect
a. a piece of cloth: a dish clout.
b. a garment
c. a patch
vb (tr)
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]
ˈclouter n
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clout

(klaʊt)

n.
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]
clout′er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clout - a target used in archery
target, mark - a reference point to shoot at; "his arrow hit the mark"
2.clout - special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
3.clout - a short nail with a flat headclout - 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 fistclout - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
counterpunch, parry, counter - a return punch (especially by a boxer)
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
boxing, pugilism, fisticuffs - fighting with the fists
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
Verb1.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"
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clout

(Informal)
verb
1. hit, strike, punch, deck (slang), slap, sock (slang), chin (slang), smack, thump, cuff, clobber (slang), wallop (informal), box, wham, lay one on (slang), skelp (dialect) The officer clouted him on the head.
noun
1. thump, blow, crack, punch, slap, sock (slang), cuff, wallop (informal), skelp (dialect) I was half tempted to give them a clout myself.
2. influence, power, standing, authority, pull, weight, bottom, prestige, mana (N.Z.) The two firms wield enormous clout in financial markets.
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clout

noun
1. A sudden sharp, powerful stroke:
Informal: bash, biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, conk, paste.
2. Informal. The power to produce an effect by indirect means:
Slang: pull.
3. Informal. Effective means of influencing, compelling, or punishing:
Informal: muscle.
verb
To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply:
Informal: biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, conk, paste.
Idioms: let someone have it, sock it to someone.
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Translations
iskulyödälyöntiprikkarätti

clout

1 [klaʊt]
A. N
1. (= blow) → tortazo m
2. (= influence, power) → influencia f, peso m, palanca f (LAm)
B. VTdar un tortazo a

clout

2 [klaʊt] N ne'er cast a clout till May be outhasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

clout

[ˈklaʊt]
n
(= blow) → claque f
(= influence) → pouvoir m
vtflanquer une claque à
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

clout

n
(inf: = blow) → Schlag m; to give somebody a cloutjdm eine runterhauen (inf); to give something a cloutauf etw (acc)schlagen or hauen (inf); to give somebody a clout round the earsjdm eine Ohrfeige geben (inf); to give oneself a clout on the knee, to give one’s knee a cloutsich (dat)aufs Knie hauen (inf); (against door etc) → sich (dat)das Knie (an)stoßen or anschlagen
(political, industrial) → Schlagkraft f
vt (inf)schlagen, hauen (inf); to clout somebody onejdm eine runterhauen (inf)or eins verpassen (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

clout

[klaʊt]
1. n (blow) → ceffone m (fig) (power, influence) → influenza
2. vtcolpire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
In it Spenser sings of his fair lost lady Rosalind, and he himself appears under the name of Colin Clout. The name is taken, as you will remember, from John Skelton's poem.
When a new-hatched savage running wild about his native woodlands in a grass clout, followed by the nibbling goats, as if he were a green sapling; even then, in Queequeg's ambitious soul, lurked a strong desire to see something more of Christendom than a specimen whaler or two.
At last, with a desperate effort I threw my feet to the floor and passing between the two rows of clouted faces and the two bodies that lay nearest the door, I escaped from the infernal place and ran to the office.