clout

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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.
References in classic literature ?
At last, with a desperate effort I threw my feet to the floor and passing between the two rows of clouted faces and the two bodies that lay nearest the door, I escaped from the infernal place and ran to the office.