clout clout  /ˈklaʊt/


  1. (n) a target used in archery
  2. (n) special advantage or influence
  3. (n) a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
  4. (n) (boxing) a blow with the fist
  5. (v) strike hard, especially with the fist



  1. Chinas growing clout and momentum remain hamstrung by poverty and authoritarian rule.
  2. He demanded clout and got it, in part because Paulson did not need the job; the administration needed Paulson, said Vincent R.
  3. The pattern probably reflects the fact that presidents have more clout early in their terms than at election time.


  1. THE CAT'S MEOW: Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick earns Legislative Leader Award from the Humane Society of the U.S.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - You don’t have to have political clout to get the attention of a congressmen. You could be a creature with four legs and fur or two legs and feathers. You could quack, bark or even be a knuckle dragger. If you’re in danger or mistreated, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is your man, and his dedication to the protection of animals has earned him the gratitude and the special ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bristol Pilot

  2. Will Name Hurt Bill Daley In Potential Run For Governor?

    As Bill Daley considers a run for governor, does the Daley name still carry its same old clout? CBS 2's Derrick Blakley talked to some insiders to find out.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS Chicago

  3. Can Tim Tebow take snaps from Tom Brady? WITH AUDIO

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the one coach who has the clout and the glare to make Tebow change his primary position to something other than quarterback.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Oakland Press


  1. Panetta, a former congressman, White House chief of staff and budget director with no direct intelligence experience, will have the president's "complete trust and substantial clout," Obama said.
    on Jan 8, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I don't want to throw a brick at Atlanta. But I feel like we're getting squeezed between entities as everyone competes for water," said Glenn Cox, a farmer in Camilla. "We just don't have enough clout. There are more trees in this plot of...
    on Nov 14, 2007 By: Glenn Source: Forbes

  3. "I can't think of a country whose influence and potential clout would be more enhanced in that part of the world than Iran would be," if the United States and its allies were to be forced to exit Iraq, Howard said.
    on Feb 23, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Reuters India

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