Talk:clout

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I see the misuse of the political sense of clout continues. The term originated in Chicago and, without exception, had to include bending, if not outright breaking, a rule. To really be clout in the true sense of the word, it must be borderline illegal. e.g. calling one's clout to get a traffice ticket fixed.

Rare verb use, slang[edit]

I'm not convinced this has enough examples yet, but here's the first use

This use of clout is to mean to pull strings for someone by having clout.

  1. SCHAPER: Indeed, it is. Although I wonder if my alderman can clout me in for free. David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago. [1] (The speaker, discussing Chicago and politics, having just been told will need to pay for a ticket, wonders if the tradition of politicians having clout and being able to get free things persists.)