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.

Primary Meanings of clobber

beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
informal terms for personal possessions
Full Definitions of clobber

v beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

bat, cream, drub, lick, thrash
flail, lam, thrash, thresh
give a thrashing to; beat hard
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v strike violently and repeatedly

“She clobbered the man who tried to attack her”
baste, batter
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

n informal terms for personal possessions

“did you take all your clobber?”
Type of:
personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property
movable property (as distinguished from real estate)

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