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clou

[kloo] /klu/
noun
1.
a major point of interest or attention.
Origin of clou
1880-1885
1880-85; < French: literally, a nail < Latin clāvus
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  • And in her description of the affair to my cousin Melville she used always to make that the clou of the story.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • Everyone is saying that the Princess—your sister—is the clou of the ball.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • The celebrated Buen Tono cigarette-manufactory had outdone itself in generosity, its booth being the clou.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • But the clou of the whole budget was contained in a private letter from my Chief.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • The clou of the evening was the scene of the waylaying of his lover's coach by Claude Duval on the Newmarket road.

  • It would certainly be the clou of any exhibition in which it might be placed.

    Different Girls Various
  • The clou of the occasion was the appearance of Mr. de la Barra, just back from Europe.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • It is the clou of their performance for a week's engagement at the Paris Folies-Bergère.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • They were every whit as good to eat, and they were distinctly the clou of luncheon at Chester races next day.

    Through East Anglia in a Motor Car J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
  • The final numbers of this second and closing part form what is known in theatrical parlance as the clou of the drama.

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