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1 a target used in archery
2 special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull" [syn: pull]
3 a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood [syn: clout nail]
4 (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: punch, poke, lick, biff] v : strike hard, especially with the fist; "He clouted his attacker"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Influence or effectiveness, especially political.
  2. regional informal A blow with the hand.
    • 1910, Katherine Mansfield, Frau Brenchenmacher Attends A Wedding
      'Such a clout on the ear as you gave me… But I soon taught you.'
  3. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head.
  4. regional dated A swaddling cloth.
  5. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag.
  6. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 546.
      Clouts were thin and flat pieces of iron, used it appears to strengthen the box of the wheel; perhaps also for nailing on such other parts of the cart as were particularly exposed to wear.
  7. A piece; a fragment.


swaddling cloth
  • Albanian: pelenë
  • Dutch: wikkel, luier
  • Dutch: brok, stuk, fragment
center of the butt at which archers shoot
  • Dutch: doelwit
iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing
  • Dutch: rondel, ring
  • Finnish: prikka
blow with the hand
  • Dutch: klap, oorvijg, slag
  • Finnish: isku, lyönti
influence, effectiveness


  1. To hit, especially with the fist.


hit, especially with the fist
  • Dutch: slaan, oorvijgen
  • Finnish: lyödä

Extensive Definition

Clout were originally a five-piece, South African million-selling all-girl rock group formed in 1977, best known for their song "Substitute".


Their first hit, "Substitute", was a cover version of an unfamiliar Righteous Brothers song, composed by Willie Wilson. Clout's version reached #1 in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium. It occupied the #2 slot on the UK charts (where it remained for 3 weeks), halted from reaching #1 because of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's "You're The One That I Want".
A major success in Europe, Clout scored many more Top 10 singles, notably "Save Me", "You've Got All of Me" and "Under Fire". Interestingly, "Substitute" was also an A-side cover for Gloria Gaynor. Clout's version reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100. One day, a 'creative' DJ decided to flip Gaynor's single to reveal the B-side - a song which went on to become one of the biggest sellers of the 70's, viz. "I Will Survive"
Clout split up in 1981, shortly after the release of their last major single, "Portable Radio".
Their Greatest Hits package was eventually released on CD in 1992. The album combined a 70's synthetic feel with hard rock.


  • Glenda Hyam: vocals, keyboards (1977)
  • Lee Tomlinson: bass, vocals (1977–1978)
  • Ingrid "Ingi" Herbst: drums, vocals (1977–1981)
  • Cindy Alter: lead vocals, guitar (1977–1981)
  • Jenni Garson: guitar, vocals (1977–1981)
  • Ron "Bones" Brettell: keyboards (1978–1981)
  • Sandy Robbie: guitar (1978–1981)
  • Gary van Zyl: bass (1980–1981)



  • 1978: Substitute (aka Clout)
  • 1979: Six of the Best
  • 1980: A Threat and a Promise
  • 1981: 1977 to 1981
  • 1992: Substitute (Dutch compilation)
  • 1992: 20 Greatest Hits
  • 2007: Since We've Been Gone (compilation)


External links

clout in German: Clout
clout in Dutch: Clout
clout in Polish: Clout

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