clobber

1 [klob-er]
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:
1940–45, Americanism; origin uncertain


2. whip, thrash, lick.
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clobber

2 [klob-er]
noun British, Australian Slang.
(used with a plural verb) clothes.

Origin:
1875–80; of obscure origin; cf. clobber3

clobber

3 [klob-er]
verb (used with object)
to paint over existing decoration on (a ceramic piece).

Origin:
1850–55; earlier, to mend, patch up (clothes or shoes); of obscure origin

clobber

4 [klob-er]
noun, verb (used without object) South Midland and Southern U.S.

See clabber.
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clobber1 (ˈklɒbə)
 
vb
1.  to beat or batter
2.  to defeat utterly
3.  to criticize severely
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

clobber2 (ˈklɒbə)
 
n
slang (Brit) personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

clobber3 (ˈklɒbə)
 
vb
(tr) to paint over existing decoration on (pottery)
 
[C19 (originally in the sense: to patch up): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to clobber²]

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clobber
1941, British air force slang, probably related to bombing; possibly echoic.
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clobber definition

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)

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Example sentences
They also hold out the tantalising possibility of fame and fortune should the program ever clobber a human champion.
No matter what you say or do, someone will clobber you.
Besides cost, the other worry about operating a garage door remotely is whether it might clobber someone standing underneath.
The first one won't create a new file, and the second one will always clobber an old one.
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