bludgeon

[bluhj-uhn]
noun
1.
a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
verb (used with object)
2.
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
3.
to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

Origin:
1720–30; origin uncertain

bludgeoner, bludgeoneer [bluhj-uh-neer] , noun
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bludgeon (ˈblʌdʒən)
 
n
1.  a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
2.  a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
 
vb
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]
 
'bludgeoner
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bludgeon
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
Some of these early postcards show snowmen being bludgeoned by two-by-fours and
  stomped on by tots.
The magic that draws eggheads to certain books tends to get bludgeoned by
  theory, jargon and the need to be obscure.
Dad bludgeoned the nosy neighbor lady with a blender.
Her foster brother then came to her aid and was also bludgeoned with the hammer.
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