Meaning of “clout” in the English Dictionary

(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 small firms 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)