clout

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the power to produce an effect by indirect means

effective means of influencing, compelling, or punishing

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a target used in archery

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special advantage or influence

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a short nail with a flat head

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strike hard, especially with the fist

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References in classic literature ?
The cub snarled a little at the touch of the hand, and the hand flew back to administer a clout.
Nay, there you are wide of the clout," the bowman said gravely.
In it Spenser sings of his fair lost lady Rosalind, and he himself appears under the name of Colin Clout.
Still we live meanly, like ants; though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed into men; like pygmies we fight with cranes; it is error upon error, and clout upon clout, and our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and evitable wretchedness.
She soon removed the clout from the head of Goody Brown, and then fastening on her hair with one hand, with the other she caused another bloody stream to issue forth from the nostrils of the enemy.