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English Dictionary: clout by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
clout
n
  1. a target used in archery
  2. special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
    Synonym(s): pull, clout
  3. a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
    Synonym(s): clout nail, clout
  4. (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    Synonym(s): punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug
v
  1. strike hard, especially with the fist; "He clouted his attacker"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Clout \Clout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clouted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Clouting}.] [OE. clutien. clouten, to patch. See {Clout},
      n.]
      1. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to
            bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
  
                     And old shoes and clouted upon their feet. --Josh.
                                                                              ix. 5.
  
                     Paul, yea, and Peter, too, had more skill in . . .
                     clouting an old tent than to teach lawyers.
                                                                              --Latimer.
  
      2. To join or patch clumsily.
  
                     If fond Bavius vent his clouted song. --P. Fletcher
  
      3. To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
  
      4. To give a blow to; to strike. [Low]
  
                     The . . . queen of Spain took off one of her
                     chopines and clouted Olivarez about the noddle with
                     it.                                                   --Howell.
  
      5. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
  
      {Clouted cream}, clotted cream, i. e., cream obtained by
            warming new milk. --A. Philips.
  
      Note: [bd]Clouted brogues[b8] in Shakespeare and [bd]clouted
               shoon[b8] in Milton have been understood by some to
               mean shoes armed with nails; by others, patched shoes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Clout \Clout\, n. [AS. cl[d4]t a little cloth, piece of metal;
      cf. Sw. klut, Icel. kl[d4]tr a kerchief, or W. clwt a clout,
      Gael. clud.]
      1. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
  
                     His garments, nought but many ragged clouts, With
                     thorns together pinned and patched was. --Spenser.
  
                     A clout upon that head where late the diadem stood.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      2. A swadding cloth.
  
      3. A piece; a fragment. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
      4. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; -- probably
            once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
  
                     A'must shoot nearer or he'll ne'er hit the clout.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      5. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from
            wearing; a washer.
  
      6. A blow with the hand. [Low]
  
      {Clout nail}, a kind of wrought-iron nail heaving a large
            flat head; -- used for fastening clouts to axletrees,
            plowshares, etc., also for studding timber, and for
            various purposes.
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