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clobber1

[klob-er] /ˈklɒb ər/
verb (used with object), Slang.
1.
to batter severely; strike heavily:
He tried to clobber me with his club.
2.
to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
3.
to denounce or criticize vigorously.
Origin of clobber1
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; origin uncertain
Synonyms
2. whip, thrash, lick.

clobber2

[klob-er] /ˈklɒb ər/
noun, British, Australian Slang.
1.
(used with a plural verb) clothes.
Origin
1875-80; of obscure origin; cf. clobber3

clobber3

[klob-er] /ˈklɒb ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to paint over existing decoration on (a ceramic piece).
Origin
1850-55; earlier, to mend, patch up (clothes or shoes); of obscure origin

clobber4

[klob-er] /ˈklɒb ər/
noun, verb (used without object), South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
Regional variation note
See clabber.
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Examples from the Web for clobber
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  • I suggest to you, Brassbound, that the clobber belongs to Lady Sis.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
  • The clobber decoration is not alone in enamel colours or gold, but even lacquer is used for the same purpose.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • I don't want to spend them fighting off attempts to clobber me every thirty seconds.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Redbrook: you pack that clobber in the lady's portmanteau, and put it aboard the yacht for her.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
  • It covered my hitting a girl in Ohio with my car, hard enough to clobber her.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Bey said, "If we can stop waxing philosophic for a while and get back to how most efficiently to clobber these Arabs—"

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • And then whatever bully boys you're running will clobber us?

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • It was evident that we were being driven and so long as we went to their satisfaction they weren't going to clobber us.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for clobber

clobber1

/ˈklɒbə/
verb (transitive) (slang)
1.
to beat or batter
2.
to defeat utterly
3.
to criticize severely
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

clobber2

/ˈklɒbə/
noun
1.
(Brit, slang) personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

clobber3

/ˈklɒbə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to paint over existing decoration on (pottery)
Word Origin
C19 (originally in the sense: to patch up): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to clobber²
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Word Origin and History for clobber
v.

1941, British air force slang, probably related to bombing; possibly echoic. Related: Clobbered; clobbering. In late 19c. British slang the word principally had to do with clothing, e.g. clobber (n.) "clothes," (v.) "to dress smartly;" clobber up "to patch old clothes for reuse."

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Slang definitions & phrases for clobber

clobber

verb

  1. To hit or attack very hard; bash •Appears to have been popularized by WWII RAF
  2. To defeat decisively; trounce; murder, wipe out: Rommel got clobbered at El Alamein

[1940s+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Scots clabber, ''spatter, cover with mud'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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clobber in Technology

jargon
To overwrite, usually unintentionally: "I walked off the end of the array and clobbered the stack."
Compare mung, scribble, trash, smash the stack.
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-16)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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