a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
verb (used with object)
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

1720–30; origin uncertain

bludgeoner, bludgeoneer [bluhj-uh-neer] , noun Unabridged
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bludgeon (ˈblʌdʒən)
1.  a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
2.  a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
3.  to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
4.  (often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job
[C18: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1868, from an earlier noun bludgeon "a short club" (1730), perhaps from M.Fr. bougeon, dim. of bouge "a club."
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Example sentences
It is this kind of supposedly data-driven dribble that is being used as a bludgeon against teachers.
He had to batter and bludgeon rather than stroke and deflect.
Some of the pipes were threaded through with lengths of chain fitted at their ends with every manner of bludgeon.
Finally, a gun can cause harm when used as a bludgeon.
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