a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.
- bludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer], /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun
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How to use bludgeon in a sentence
They couldn’t use bricks and bludgeons like their enemies did, but they could use words potentially as fearsome as any weapons.
In Azerbaijan, she said, the ruling party was wielding Facebook as a bludgeon to harass the opposition.Facebook whistleblower says if India is to stay a democracy it must tackle issues like the “IT cell arms race” | Karishma Mehrotra | November 12, 2021 | Quartz
He hit the tribesmen on the head with his bludgeon and “the subsequent proceedings interest him no more.”
Instead, he rushed to use the firearms issue as one more tool to bludgeon and discredit his Republican opposition.Angry Gun-Control Debate Does Damage to Both the Right and the Left | Michael Medved | January 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or is it too valuable to use as a bludgeon against Republicans?Mark McKinnon: Do Democrats & Republicans Really Want Immigration Reform? | Mark McKinnon | November 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In recent cycles, the GOP has been very effective in using fossil fuel production as an electoral bludgeon against Democrats.
“If Giannoulias loses, the Republicans and the mainstream media are going to bludgeon Obama,” said Anderson.
He was rejoicing in the upheaval that permitted debts to be paid with a bludgeon and money to be made without toil.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
I had this time taken care to come out provided with a stout bludgeon and a sword.Hurricane Hurry | W.H.G. Kingston
The secret of their power is their insensibility to blows; tickle them with a bludgeon and they laugh with a platitude.The Devil's Dictionary | Ambrose Bierce
He did not draw their blood personally with the usual weapons of homicide—pistol, dagger, bludgeon or ax.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
He dealt the bludgeon blows of one who seemed to boast that he was not clever but tried to be honest.Lady Lilith | Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for bludgeon
a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
(often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job
- bludgeoner, noun
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