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bludgeon (plural bludgeons)
- A short, heavy club, often of wood, which is thicker or loaded at one end.
- We smashed the radio with a steel bludgeon.
short heavy club
- (transitive) To strike or hit with something hard, usually on the head; to club.
- The apprehended rioter was bludgeoned to death.
- 1961 November 10, Joseph Heller, “The Soldier in White”, in Catch-22 […], New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, →OCLC, page 168:
- They didn't get shot to death in hold-ups, strangled to death in rapes, stabbed to death in saloons, bludgeoned to death with axes by parents or children or die summarily by some other act of God.
- 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, pages 16–17:
- Thomas Briggs, a senior bank clerk in the City, lived in Hackney, and on 9 July 1864 he was returning there by train from Fenchurch Street after a Saturday spent at work when he was bludgeoned to death in a first-class carriage, probably by a young German tailor named Franz Müller. (Let's hope it was Müller, because he was hanged for it.) And so Briggs was an all-round pioneer: an early commuter and the very first victim of a railway murder.
- (transitive) To coerce someone, as if with a bludgeon.
- Their favorite method was bludgeoning us with the same old arguments in favor of their opinions.
to club, hit with a bludgeon
to force upon