- to batter severely; strike heavily: He tried to clobber me with his club.
- to defeat decisively; drub; trounce.
- to denounce or criticize vigorously.
Origin of clobber1
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- (used with a plural verb) clothes.
Origin of clobber2
- to paint over existing decoration on (a ceramic piece).
Origin of clobber3
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Examples from the Web for clobber
How can you talk about conciliation and bipartisanship…and then go out there and rip and snort and clobber the House Republicans?Democrats' Negotiator in Chief
May 19, 2011
So does Christie really think he could clobber President Obama in 2012?Could Chris Christie Really Beat Obama?
March 3, 2011
It covered my hitting a girl in Ohio with my car, hard enough to clobber her.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
I don't want to spend them fighting off attempts to clobber me every thirty seconds.Legacy
James H Schmitz
I suggest to you, Brassbound, that the clobber belongs to Lady Sis.Captain Brassbound's Conversion
George Bernard Shaw
And then whatever bully boys you're running will clobber us?The Time Traders
The clobber decoration is not alone in enamel colours or gold, but even lacquer is used for the same purpose.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
- to beat or batter
- to defeat utterly
- to criticize severely
- British slang personal belongings, such as clothes and accessories
- (tr) to paint over existing decoration on (pottery)
Word Origin and History for clobber
1941, British air force slang, probably related to bombing; possibly echoic. Related: Clobbered; clobbering. In late 19c. British slang the word principally had to do with clothing, e.g. clobber (n.) "clothes," (v.) "to dress smartly;" clobber up "to patch old clothes for reuse."