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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. ( boxing) a blow with the fist; " I gave him a clout on his nose"
  6. strike hard, especially with the fist; " He clouted his attacker"
  7. The center of a target.
  8. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
  9. A swadding cloth.
  10. A piece; a fragment.
  11. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
  12. A blow with the hand.
  13. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
  14. To join or patch clumsily.
  15. To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
  16. To give a blow to; to strike.
  17. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
  18. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; - probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
  19. A small piece of cloth: a piece of cloth sewed on clumsily; a rag.
  20. To mend with a patch: to mend clumsily.
  21. A patch; rag; piece of cloth.
  22. To patch.
  23. A piece, as of cloth; patch; rag.
  24. An iron plate; a short, stout nail.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. To make fast with nails.
  28. 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.
  29. To patch; to mend or repair by putting or sewing on a patch.
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Quotes of clout

  1. The Israeli lobby has clout in the U. S., which means that re -arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration. – Bashar al-Assad
  2. There is no such thing as several Romanias, but only politicians who divide Romania depending on the interests of their parties and their clout – Traian Basescu
  3. The 9/11 Commission strongly recommends that the National Intelligence Director be fully in control of the budget, from developing it to implementing it, to ensuring that the National Intelligence Director has the clout to make decisions. – Leonard Boswell
  4. The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all. – Benjamin C. Bradlee
  5. I'm playing one of the principal roles, which gives you more clout and more confidence. – Charles Dance
  6. I didn't do it because of the underlying greed that's prevailing, but it is about greed, doing the right thing at the right time using your clout when you have it and what for and what reason. – Danny DeVito
  7. And what does reward virtue? You think the communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think, excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout – Milton Friedman
  8. Already this war on gangs in California is taking money from universities to build prisons, and the universities have some clout – Tom Hayden
  9. In the end, we may be hurting the very people we should be concerned about- the inner -city poor, those who already have to live with many risks in their daily lives, those who do not have clout here in Washington. – Fred Thompson

Usage examples for clout

  1. Then the other fellow hit Jimmie a lick, and took a clout in return. – Over the Sliprails by Henry Lawson
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. I was sorely displeased, and could have dealt him a clout with all my might, for the froward manner in which he turned out my things to the public view. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. A clout of monkey skin and piece of wood hollowed through decay which the elephant will tread to pieces. – In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  9. Now this fugitive writer has not been so swift but that I have caught him a clout as he went. – Essays by Alice Meynell
  10. Think you Phil Hennion is less the clout because he has a pedigree? – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  11. His first ideal had been Philip Sidney, the attractive and all- accomplished gentleman,- The President Of noblesse and of chevalrie,- And to the end the pastoral Colin Clout for he ever retained his first poetic name, was faithful to his ideal. – Spenser (English Men of Letters Series) by R. W. Church
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. As for the clout I gave Master Peter, here is a groat to mend it. – In the Days of Drake by J. S. Fletcher
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Pretend for a minute we're Noda, a guy who's got it all- money, clout everything. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  20. Sit up and take off that clout – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett

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