clobber

To clobber is to beat up or to defeat soundly in a game. You can say your favorite baseball team clobbers the competition if they win with a score of 10 to 0.

When a boxer knocks out his adversary he clobbers him, and a bully clobbers his victim by punching him repeatedly. You can also clobber someone without shedding blood, as when you beat your dad in chess. The word clobber was originally World War II British air force slang, in the 1940s, and usually referred to aerial bombing.

Definitions of clobber
  1. verb
    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    synonyms: annihilate, bat, cream, drub, lick, thrash
    flail, lam, thrash, thresh
    give a thrashing to; beat hard
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  2. verb
    strike violently and repeatedly
    “She clobbered the man who tried to attack her”
    synonyms: baste, batter
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    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  3. noun
    informal terms for personal possessions
    “did you take all your clobber?”
    synonyms: stuff
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    type of:
    personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property
    movable property (as distinguished from real estate)
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