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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.

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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  • To even suggest that all necessary information isn't contained therein, is enough to have you clobbered.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Priests of Ismar, and when Ed clobbered the idol Pakriaa did consider having 'em all burned alive.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • "And get clobbered in the stampeding around between the two great powers," Kenny said dryly.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • It was Hollingwood, the metallurgist, looking unhappy with a tremendous bruise on his head where Wayne had clobbered him.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • And something about the size of Luna came out of nowhere and clobbered me on the occiput.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for clobbered

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 clobbered

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 clobbered

clobbered

adjective

Drunk: those who are, to use a word presently popular with the younger drinking set, clobbered (1950s+)

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'']

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