Pronunciation: (klout), [key]
1. a blow, esp. with the hand; cuff: The bully gave him a painful clout on the head.
2. Informal.pull; strong influence; muscle, esp. political power: a wealthy campaign contributor with clout at city hall.
3. Baseball.a long hit, esp. an extra-base hit: A hard clout to deep center field drove in the winning run.
a. the mark or target shot at, esp. in long-distance shooting.
b. a shot that hits the mark.
5. Also called clout' nail". a nail for attaching sheet metal to wood, having a short shank with a broad head.
a. a patch or piece of cloth or other material used to mend something.
b. any worthless piece of cloth; rag.
c. an article of clothing (usually used contemptuously).
1. to strike, esp. with the hand; cuff.
a. to bandage.
b. to patch; mend.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.