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clout

Archery
a. the target used in long-distance shooting
b. the centre of this target
c. a shot that hits the centre

clout

1. A metal plate attached to a moving wood member to protect it from abrasion.
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The cub snarled a little at the touch of the hand, and the hand flew back to administer a clout.
In Colin Clout Spenser calls both himself and Raleigh shepherds.
I turned as white as a clout, and said, 'God knows what I shall do; for my part, I know not what to do.
He has worn his shirt till it looks like a dish- clout, he has torn it to rags
They stripped me of the shirt and cloak that I was wearing, and gave me instead the tattered old clouts in which you now see me; then, towards nightfall, they reached the tilled lands of Ithaca, and there they bound me with a strong rope fast in the ship, while they went on shore to get supper by the sea side.
Using the clout of government contracts, he developed minority involvement that had never before existed and might not exist today," says Leo F.
Indeed, Santorum's comments were made public the day after the president of the Family Research Council, a religious right group with considerable clout among Republicans, attacked Marc Racicot, chairman of the Republican National Committee, for holding "secret meetings with the homosexual lobby.
A measure of Treasury's loss of clout occurred in mid-December when Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary, was asked if the administration's strong dollar policy was changing with a new treasury secretary.
Secession supporters attribute the defeat of the FREE proposal to the Valley's lack of political clout.
Mr Clout admitted he was among the bidders who pulled out when the leasing arm was first put up for sale.
Clout adds: "He really has impressed me since his arrival and quickly put back the weight he lost while travelling.
But not even Homer could mythologize the success of majoritarian government in California and other states, especially with regard to the clout of the monied interests.