clout nail

clout

[klout]
noun
1.
a blow, especially with the hand; cuff: The bully gave him a painful clout on the head.
2.
Informal. pull; strong influence; muscle, especially political power: a wealthy campaign contributor with clout at city hall.
3.
Baseball. a long hit, especially an extra-base hit: A hard clout to deep center field drove in the winning run.
4.
Archery.
a.
the mark or target shot at, especially in long-distance shooting.
b.
a shot that hits the mark.
5.
Also called clout nail. a nail for attaching sheet metal to wood, having a short shank with a broad head.
6.
Archaic.
a.
a patch or piece of cloth or other material used to mend something.
b.
any worthless piece of cloth; rag.
c.
an article of clothing (usually used contemptuously).
verb (used with object)
7.
to strike, especially with the hand; cuff.
8.
Archaic.
a.
to bandage.
b.
to patch; mend.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English clūt piece of cloth or metal; cognate with Middle Low German klūte, Old Norse klūtr

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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
 a.  the target used in long-distance shooting
 b.  the centre of this target
 c.  a shot that hits the centre
4.  Also called: clout nail a short, flat-headed nail used esp for attaching sheet metal to wood
5.  dialect (Brit)
 a.  a piece of cloth: a dish clout
 b.  a garment
 c.  a patch
 
vb
6.  informal to give a hard blow to, esp with the hand
7.  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]
 
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clout
O.E. clut "lump of something," also "patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it," from P.Gmc. *klutaz. Sense of "a blow" is from early 14c., but the metaphor is obscure. Sense of "personal influence" is 1958.
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