Definition of clout :
1. A blow with the hand.
2. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
3. A piece; a fragment.
4. A swadding cloth.
5. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
6. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; - probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
7. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout.
8. To give a blow to; to strike.
9. To join or patch clumsily.
10. To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree.
11. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
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authority (part of speech: noun)
kingship, title, control, precedence, credential, privilege, mightiness, potency, purview, power, strength, domination, punch, superiority, sway, entitlement, stature, cogency, puissance, charge, license, mandate, steam, seniority, prestige, might, powerfulness, prepotency, prerogative, commission, authority, right, enfranchisement, mastery, empowerment, birthright, primacy, faculty, rank, sovereignty, force, office, influence, command
strength (part of speech: noun)
- Bring a dozen clout- nails; here's a tremendous piece of news! - "Springhaven A Tale of the Great War", R. D. Blackmore.
- They had been furnished a regulation cavalry uniform, and on this parade some of them had their heavy overcoats on, others their large black hats, with all the brass accouterments attached; some of them were minus pantaloons, and only wore a breech- clout. - "The Adventures of Buffalo Bill", Col. William F. Cody.
- Oscar, who must have eyes in the back of his head, turned and grabbed the hose out of his hand before he dropped it, using it to clout somebody in front of him. - "Four-Day Planet", Henry Beam Piper.