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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Have they used their economic clout to exert control?
▪ At local level, control exerted by NGOs varies widely, depending on their philosophy, their economic clout, and individual personalities.
▪ It's financial clout that counts or, failing that, kicking up a stink.
▪ Always vulnerable because they lack financial clout, lower income families are an easy target.
▪ Then they didn't have enough financial clout to tempt Stuart Pearce from Nottingham Forest.
▪ Politicians in the centre worried that the extra financial clout of the provinces could encourage separatists.
▪ Arsenal are sure to monitor developments, but can obviously not match Seville's financial clout.
▪ The capacity to weather the storm is there provided the government has the political clout to do it.
▪ In response, the Guard is resorting to political clout to reverse the proposed reductions.
▪ The improvements that had taken place relied on the voluntary efforts of enthusiasts or political clout expended on particular initiatives.
▪ After years of fiscal gloom, they hope Brown will bring his political clout to the corporate realm.
▪ It was Mellor's political clout, rather than his pale and interesting physique, which became 31-year-old Antonia's aphrodisiac.
▪ Successful experiments all too often remain marginal, if they have no political clout.
▪ The political clout of the primary education sector in the struggle for resources is clearly limited.
▪ She used legal skills and political clout to keep the wayward thrift afloat.
▪ You may not know him, but he carries considerable clout.
▪ Lendoiro secured a loan to wipe out the club's debts and give the club some clout in the transfer market.
▪ Sometimes we had nothing to say, love had given us such a clout.
▪ I gave her a clout and shoved her over to the big door and went and got back in the car.
▪ And the know-how side is given the real clout when it comes to authority.
▪ Have they used their economic clout to exert control?
▪ Doctors have considerably more political clout than teachers.
▪ The banks do not carry quite as much clout as they used to.
▪ But it has no legal clout on such issues as quality of care.
▪ For all its clout in Washington, no member of the Gallo family has ever gotten that close to the Oval Office.
▪ For Ure, however, special expertise is less important than the essentials of contact and clout.
▪ How much clout does Cohen wield?
▪ Poets, of course, seldom had that kind of clout.
▪ So Menotti spelt clout - and credit.
▪ That when people get clout this is how they use it.
▪ This tactic of reference combines an admired or revered position with an effective individual to increase a less powerful person's clout.
▪ Mitchell has clouted 109 home runs in the last 3 years.
▪ But Dawn Run was back alongside by the next fence only to suffer another reverse when clouting the fifth from home.
▪ Quigley clouted me smartly across the side of the head.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  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.

  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: ``Clouted brogues'' in Shakespeare and ``clouted shoon'' in Milton have been understood by some to mean shoes armed with nails; by others, patched shoes.


Clout \Clout\ (klout), n. [AS. cl[=u]t a little cloth, piece of metal; cf. Sw. klut, Icel. kl[=u]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.

    A clout upon that head where late the diadem stood.

  2. A swadding cloth.

  3. A piece; a fragment. [Obs.]

  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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English clut "lump of something," also "patch of cloth put over a hole to mend it," from Proto-Germanic *klutaz (cognates: Old Norse klute "kerchief," Danish klud "rag, tatter," Frisian klut "lump," Dutch kluit "clod, lump"); perhaps related to clot (v.).\n

\nIn 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 (compare clout (v.) "to patch, mend," mid-14c.). Related: Clouted; clouting.


n. influence or effectiveness, especially political. vb. 1 To hit, especially with the fist. 2 To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout. 3 To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole. 4 To guard with an iron plate, as an axletree. 5 To join or patch clumsily.

  1. n. a target used in archery

  2. special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull" [syn: pull]

  3. a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood [syn: clout nail]

  4. (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: punch, poke, lick, biff]


v. strike hard, especially with the fist; "He clouted his attacker"

Clout (band)

Clout was an original all-female South African rock group formed in 1977, best known for their hit single, " Substitute".

Clout (radio show)

Clout is a talk radio program in the United States, which began on the Air America Radio Network, and is now airing on WCPT, a progressive talk radio station in Chicago.

The show is hosted by Richard Greene (a communications consultant, attorney and prominent vegetarian who has been closely associated with motivational guru Anthony Robbins), and debuted on May 26, 2007, airing Saturday nights with a replay on Sunday afternoons. The show is variously referred to on the air as "Clout," "Hollywood Clout," and "Clout with Richard Greene." In September 2007 Air America Radio moved the show to weeknights and could also be heard live on XM radio channel 167 America Left, a Weekend edition also premiered at that time, with guest hosts along with clips from Greene's interviews during his weekday show.

Air America Radio filed for bankruptcy and ceased broadcasting in January 2010; Clout can now be heard on WCPT and its live Internet stream, weeknights 8-9PM CT.


Clout may refer to political or social power.

Clout may also refer to:

  • Clout (band), a five-piece South African million-selling all-girl rock group formed in 1977.
  • Clout (album), a 2006 album by Noah23
  • Clout (radio show), a two-hour syndicated radio program
  • Clout archery, a form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag from a relatively long distance
  • Clout: Fantasy, a game of physical skill
  • Clout (nail), a nail with a large fat head.
  • economic clout, an expression for economic influence, power, strength or weight, see Economic power
  • Clout: The Game, a popular multiplayer, point-and-click, type political simulator game.
  • Klout, a website measuring social influence
Clout (nail)

A clout is a relatively short, thick nail with a large, flat head used for attaching sheet material to wooden frames or sheet. A typical use is fixing roofing felt to the top of a shed. They are usually made of galvanised mild steel, but copper clouts are also available.

Usage examples of "clout".

Since the tomcats, which had not been fixed, emitted a fierce, uncompromising smell, the musician clouted them with a fire poker one day when for particular reasons he found the smell particularly distasteful, stuffed their remains in a potato sack, carried the sack down four flights of stairs, and was in a great hurry to stow the bundle in the garbage can in the court beside the carpet rack, because the burlap was not water- nor bloodproof and began to drip before he was even half down the stairs.

Granth had no time to thrust, but used his pikestaff as if it were a cudgel, clouting the Cimmerian in the side of the head.

The Democratic National Committeewoman, a woman of grandiose temper and considerable clout, raised racehorses.

The Canadian Managing Director had first demonstrated his political clout in 1960 when the Diefenbaker government introduced a 15-percent tax on dividends paid by branches of foreign companies operating in Canada.

For the Church, having reliable political power and social clout is the Deseret version of the Israeli Air Force.

If not for the benevolent mentorship of Supreme Commander Atreides and the Butler family clout, Abulurd would no doubt be a clerk organizing supply runs for isolated outposts.

Of the great heroes of the forties, only the stalwarts at NationalSuperman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and a few of their cohortssoldiered on with any regularity or commercial clout, and even they had been forced to suffer the indignity of seeing their wartime sales cut in half or more, of receiving second billing in titles where formerly they headlined, or of having forced upon them by increasingly desperate writers various attention-getting novelties and gimmicks, from fifteen different shades and flavors of Kryptonite to Bat-Hounds, Bat-Monkeys, and a magical-powered little elf-eared nudnick known as the Bat-Mite.

Even though Mary Vaughan had found no evidence that the Neanderthal magnetic field really had reversed, Jock had used his clout to make the swapping of paleomagnetic information a top priority.

Almost as an afterthought, Washington also designated Saudi Arabia as a second American proxy, despite the fact that the Kingdom then lacked the economic and political clout it has today and had virtually no military capability.

If Saddam were allowed to retain possession of Kuwait, leaving him with roughly 9 percent of global oil production, his economic clout would rival that of Saudi Arabia, which accounted for about 11 percent of global production.

He turned in the air, his clout and undervest tugging at him in response to his direction, and sent himself on a long glide toward the giant, trailing silver spheres.

Elminster met those dark, star-filled eyes steadily and laid the torn remnants of his undervest and clout beside the scepter.

The Saudis were repeatedly disappointed by American claims to be making a major effort at regime change--first under the Bush administration and then at least twice during the Clinton administration--only to find that the United States would not use all of its resources and clout to make the effort successful.

Council for a Sound Economy and tens of millions more for think tanks, political action committees and the like, they constructed a nonpareil policy apparatus which reinvigorated the antigovernment movement with a new intellectual legitimacy backed by fearsome political clout.

Fourteen men dressed in nothing more than breech clouts barefooted, their hair dressed with feathers and their faces painted, pounded up and down over the frozen marsh, steam rising from their sweating bodies.