Definition of clout noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clout

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//klaʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klaʊt//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] power and influence political/financial clout I knew his opinion carried a lot of clout with them.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal) a blow with the hand or a hard object You’re not too big for a clout round the ear!
  3. Word Origin Old English clūt (in the sense ‘a patch or metal plate’); related to Dutch kluit ‘lump, clod’, also to cleat and clot. The shift of sense to ‘heavy blow’, which dates from late Middle English, is difficult to explain; possibly the change occurred first in the verb (from ‘put a patch on’ to ‘hit hard’).Extra examples The companies used their clout to influence policy. This movie is an opportunity to increase his clout in Hollywood. a politician with enormous clout the growing political clout of the army I knew his opinion carried a lot of clout. The government cannot ignore the growing political clout of the security forces. You’re not too big for a clout round the ear!

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