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
Last year, House Republicans had to be bludgeoned into renewing the Violence Against Women Act.
Steck crumpled to the moraine, and it looked as though he'd be bludgeoned to death.
Caterpillar notched record profits in 2012 and then in early 2013 bludgeoned its unions into accepting a six-year wage freeze.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit | Daniel Gross | January 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On one block, a group of preteens bludgeoned a parked car bearing Syrian tags.Turkey Blames Syria for Reyhanli Bombs, but Response May Rest on U.S. | Mike Giglio | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zainab, 7, was shot in the shoulder and bludgeoned with a blunt weapon, leaving her with a fractured skull.
Although Canadians were anxious for trade relations, they were not willing to be bludgeoned into accepting one-sided terms.The Canadian Dominion | Oscar D. Skelton
Bludgeoned a captain on his ship but the man's wife held on to him and yelled till rescue came.Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
Bludgeoned by obvious hints the stranger excused himself, and as soon as he was gone my companion leaned towards me.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany | Edward Lyell Fox
At nine, all pretense is dropped that its still daylight and colours lie bludgeoned--extinguished in the dark.The Land of Look Behind | Paul Cameron Brown
With this new and triple-headed engine Britain was to be bludgeoned into submission.The Fleets Behind the Fleet | W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
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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