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Definitions of clout

  1. strike hard, esp. with the fist; " He clouted his attacker"
  2. a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
  3. a target used in archery
  4. special advantage or influence; " the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
  5. strike hard, especially with the fist; " He clouted his attacker"
  6. The center of a target.
  7. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
  8. A swadding cloth.
  9. A piece; a fragment.
  10. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
  11. A blow with the hand.
  12. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
  13. To join or patch clumsily.
  14. To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
  15. To give a blow to; to strike.
  16. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
  17. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; - probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
  18. A small piece of cloth: a piece of cloth sewed on clumsily; a rag.
  19. To mend with a patch: to mend clumsily.
  20. A patch; rag; piece of cloth.
  21. To patch.
  22. A piece, as of cloth; patch; rag.
  23. An iron plate; a short, stout nail.
  24. A piece of cloth or leather, & c., used to mend or patch something; a patch; a rag; a mark, originally, as some think, of white cloth, for archers to shoot at; an iron plate on an axletree, to keep it from wearing; a rude blow with the hand.
  25. To mend by sewing on a clout; to patch; to cover with a piece of cloth; to join clumsily; to strike rudely with the hand.
  26. To make fast with nails.
  27. A patch; a piece of cloth or leather to repair a hole or break; a piece of cloth for cleaning or kitchen use; a flat- headed nail.
  28. To patch; to mend or repair by putting or sewing on a patch.
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Usage examples for clout

  1. It was in my education to concede some license of the kind in this case, but the holy father of a porter and the saintly cabman occupied the middle distance imperturbably, and did not come down from their hills to clout me with knowledge. – Men, Women, and Boats by Stephen Crane
  2. Now this fugitive writer has not been so swift but that I have caught him a clout as he went. – Essays by Alice Meynell
  3. He went on firing to the end, till at last Bill on his right had to clout him cheerfully on the head to make him stop, pointing out as he did so that the King's ammunition cost money and was not lightly to be wasted. – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  4. And for to apparel with our bodies we use a silly little clout for to wrap in our carrion. – The-Travels-of-Sir-John-Mandeville by Mandeville, John, Sir
  5. Pretend for a minute we're Noda, a guy who's got it all- money, clout, everything. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  6. Sit up and take off that clout. – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett
  7. Think you Phil Hennion is less the clout because he has a pedigree? – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  8. Thief Charley Charley, Charley, stole the barley Out of the baker's shop; The baker came out, and gave him a clout, And made that Charley hop. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  9. To the common big heart are we bound right fast, When our Mother admonishing nips At the nakedness bare of a clout, And we crave what the commonest craves. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. When the child hesitated she received the first warning, a clout of such force that it made her see thirty- six candles. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  11. Then the other fellow hit Jimmie a lick, and took a clout in return. – Over the Sliprails by Henry Lawson
  12. So when he was come and had shown himself at the grate of the prison, my Lord Mayor himself looked as white as a clout, the Recorder also did quake; but they asked and said, Come, good sir, what did the great Prince say to you? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  13. Several of these impenitent little wretches had themselves been in the thick of the fight, and could be seen pointing proudly to a clout on the forehead and a cut on the lip. – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren
  14. Squint- eyed Augustine, having dared to observe that she liked skate, Clemence shut her mouth for her with a good sound clout. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  15. He lived with the tribe, hunted and fought with them, and wore the breech- clout as his only summer garment. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  16. Ye’ se ne’ er get leave to lie without, And I within, and I within, As lang ’ s I hae an auld clout, To row ye in, to row ye in. – Spare Hours by John Brown
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