clout Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “clout” in the English Dictionary

"clout" in British English

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cloutverb [T]

uk   us   /klaʊt/ informal
to ​hit someone or something with the ​hand or with a ​heavyobject: Quigley clouted me ​smartlyacross the ​side of the ​head.


uk   us   /klaʊt/

clout noun (POWER)

[U] power and ​influence over other ​people or ​events: The Queen may have ​privilege but she has no ​real political clout.

clout noun (HIT)

[C] informal the ​act of ​hitting someone or something with ​yourhand or with a ​heavyobject: If the ​photocopierstopsworking, just give it a clout.
(Definition of clout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clout" in American English

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cloutnoun [U]

 us   /klɑʊt/

clout noun [U] (POWER)

power and ​influence over other ​people or ​events: The ​smallfirms banded together so they would have more clout in Washington.

cloutverb [T]

 us   /klɑʊt/ infml

clout verb [T] (HIT)

to ​hit someone ​heavily with the ​hand or an ​object
(Definition of clout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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