• WordNet 3.6
    • v clout strike hard, especially with the fist "He clouted his attacker"
    • n clout (boxing) a blow with the fist "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    • n clout a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
    • n clout special advantage or influence "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
    • n clout a target used in archery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clout A blow with the hand.
    • Clout 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."
    • Clout A piece; a fragment.
    • Clout A swadding cloth.
    • Clout An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
    • Clout 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 ."
    • Clout To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout. "And old shoes and clouted upon their feet.""Paul, yea, and Peter, too, had more skill in . . . clouting an old tent than to teach lawyers."
    • Clout To give a blow to; to strike. "The . . . queen of Spain took off one of her chopines and clouted Olivarez about the noddle with it."
    • Clout To join or patch clumsily. "If fond Bavius vent his clouted song."
    • Clout To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
    • Clout To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clout A patch; a piece of cloth, leather, etc., used to mend something.
    • n clout Any piece of cloth, especially a worthless piece, or one designed for a mean use; a rag.
    • n clout Any small piece; a fragment; a tatter; a bit.
    • n clout In archery: The mark fixed in the center of the butts at which archers are shooting.
    • n clout A small white target placed near the ground.
    • n clout An arrow that has hit the target.
    • n clout An iron plate fastened upon an axletree to keep it from wearing.
    • clout To patch; mend by sewing on a clout or patch; cobble; hence, to join clumsily.
    • clout To cover with a piece of cloth or with rags; bandage.
    • clout To rub with an old piece of cloth, felt, or the like.
    • n clout A blow with the hand; a cuff.
    • clout To strike with the hand; cuff.
    • n clout Same as clout-nail.
    • clout To stud or fasten with nails.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clout klowt a piece of cloth used for mending: a rag: a piece of cloth used by archers to shoot at, then the shot itself: a blow: a cuff
    • v.t Clout to mend with a patch: to cover with a cloth: to cuff
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  • Ben C. Bradlee
    Ben C. Bradlee
    “The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clūt, a little cloth, piece of metal; cf. Sw. klut, Icel. klūtr, a kerchief, or W. clwt, a clout, Gael. clud,


In literature:

Most of them look as if they had collected all the dish-clouts and dusters which had seen service and piled them on anyhow.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The green man was almost of heroic proportions; he was clad in but a breech-clout, and was so broad as to appear squat in stature.
"The Heads of Apex" by Francis Flagg
In Devonshire, clouted cream is put on the top, with pounded cinnamon and sugar.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
As for the clout I gave Master Peter, here is a groat to mend it.
"In the Days of Drake" by J. S. Fletcher
Colin Clout's Calendar, Grant Allen.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
He was naked except for a breech-clout.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
The Indian was naked save for his turban, a breech-clout, his boot-moccasins, and the usual belt of cartridges.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Duke broke the news, comin' over to Miss Devine, while I'm tellin' her how Kid Scanlan clouted his way up to the title.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
They were literally naked except for breech-clouts and shoulder-pieces of fur.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
We observed a small transaction last Wednesday noon, on Hanover street, that wasn't so coarse for an urchin hardly out of his swaddling clouts.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley

In poetry:

The gude man cam' roun', but whan gangin' aboot,
His stap it was feeble, his face like a clout;
An' ne'er in the poopit again was he seen—
In less than a towmond his grave it was green.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
Lobbin Clout. On two near elms, the slacken'd cord I hung,
Now high, now low my Blouzelinda swung.
With the rude wind her rumpled garment rose,
And show'd her taper leg, and scarlet hose.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
Her end was beautiful: one sigh.
She jumped a foot when it was nigh.
A lily in a linen clout
She looked when they had laid her out.
It is a lily-light she bears
For England up the ladder-stairs.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Wi' her e'en fu' o' tears, an' heart fu' o' wae,
My grannie stood still till the man had his say;
She keek'd in the bed wi' a face like a clout,
Syne ran for some neibours, wha laid the corse oot.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton
Lobbin Clout.
See this tobacco-pouch that's lin'd with hair,
Made of the skin of sleekest fallow deer.
This pouch, that's tied with tape of reddest hue,
I'll wager, that the prize shall be my due.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
Let others look for pearl and gold,
Tissues, or tabbies manifold:
One only lock of that sweet hay
Whereon the blessed Baby lay,
Or one poor swaddling-clout, shall be
The richest New-year's gift to me.
"The New-year's Gift" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Many states have loosened their gun laws, allowing citizens to carry loaded firearms in public, as the National Rifle Association continues to wield formidable clout on Capitol Hill.
News / Clout City The heady day after.
Presidential election could hinge on Hamilton Co. As hundreds more lined up Monday to vote early, Hamilton County was feeling its swing county clout.
These luminaries wield unprecedented clout in film and television.
The Obama administration should address Taiwan's defense needs and continue weapons sales to counter China's growing military clout, the report says.
The feds aren't just handing out money -- they're redistributing clout.
Millions in Ransoms Fuel Militants' Clout in West Africa.
News / Clout City Pardon the interruption .
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Gaza, signaling Islamic militant group's rising clout.
To new clout for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.
Sen Patty Murray's clout is "sky high" in Washington, DC, after running the Senate Democratic campaign committee, said Tim Peckinpaugh, the Tri-City Development Council's lobbyist .
He's not a big, giant contractor and to lose business because you don't have the clout of other companies.
Treasury secretary with clout, luster wanted.
Treasury secretary with clout and luster .
Southwest Florida is getting some additional clout in Tallahassee.