Entertainment institutions like the Academy have a duty to use their clout wisely.
If a star has clout, the studios might offer a bigger-than-usual slice of profit or big bonuses if the film turns out to be a hit.
Obama has always had reason going for him on the budget, but he lacked the clout to sell his plan.
His 2008 campaign left the alarmist congressman with a fanatical following, a national organization, and clout.
In the Darwinian world of media and politics, hardly any primal force compares to Clinton clout.
It wasn't a blow exactly; it was more like a clout from a heavily-shod blunt-ended brogan.
The next moment he received a clout alongside the head that knocked him over on his side.
The cub snarled a little at the touch of the hand, and the hand flew back to administer a clout.
You must stuff a clout into his mouth if he offers to holler.
"I shall be able to clout Donald with it in the morning," I answered.
Old English clut "lump of something," also "patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it," from Proto-Germanic *klutaz (cf. Old Norse klute "kerchief," Danish klud "rag, tatter," Frisian klut "lump," Dutch kluit "clod, lump"); perhaps related to clot (v.).
In later use "a handkerchief," also "a woman's sanitary napkin." Sense of "a blow" is from c.1400 early 14c., from the verb. Sense of "personal influence" is 1958, on the notion of "punch, force."
"to beat, strike," early 14c., from clout (n.), perhaps on the notion of hitting someone with a lump of something, or from the "patch of cloth" sense of that word (cf. clout (v.) "to patch, mend," mid-14c.). Related: Clouted; clouting.