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clobber

[′kläb·ər]
(computer science)
To write new data and thereby erase good data in a file, or to otherwise damage the file so that it becomes useless.

clobber

(jargon)
To overwrite, usually unintentionally: "I walked off the end of the array and clobbered the stack."

Compare mung, scribble, trash, smash the stack.
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But the fear is, given the strain on public finance, that the temptation to clobber business will again be very high this year and in 2004.
Was it just fear of being clobbered? Let's say for argument's sake that it was.
But it's not all about the designer clobber at this uber-chic event - it's also about getting those skinny clothes horses glammed up.
Online discount companies have got in on the act providing designer clobber at cut prices, often over a limited number of days.
Wear it flimsy for evening or around the neck as a faux fur scarf - either way you'll be keeping the company of people who can afford Moschino, Dior and YSL clobber.
A WEE birdie tells me Charlie Nicholas has been slagging off my clobber from our days together at Clyde.
Expensive clobber is all well and good but not if it's at risk from the combined forces of Weetabix and Crayolla felt tips.
Over the weeks our historians have ploughed their seed and scattered with the help of a host of experts togged up in period clobber but how long before they get to crack open the first (never mind the last) of the summer wine?
But he insisted the party would not "clobber" employers in areas such as North Wales, which has a large proportion of small businesses, by bringing in rapid changes to the rules.
That could include, for example, the cynical abuse and misapplication of progressive single status legislation by the Tory-Liberal council in Birmingham in order to cut the pay of low paid workers and clobber the pensions of lowpaid council employees".
Alan Shearer's clobber was like something Dickie Davies would have worn on World of Sport, Graeme Souness looked like a picture negative with his black and white gear and Patrick Kluivert was like Huggy Bear with his tight black leather jeans on.
If anybody were to violate a tech spec and not do what they're supposed to do, we would clobber them.'