car clout

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car clout (plural car clouts)

  1. (US, colloquial) The crime of breaking into an automobile.
    • 2006, Michael A. Graham, The Snow Angel
      Yesterday's pleasant weather should have brought an increase in certain felonies — purse snatches, street holdups, car clouts, convenience-store stickups, ATM rips. There was no logical reason why crime should be down []
    • 2010, Richard E. Brown, Ranger Up!
      From there they went over the Little River Ranger Station about a mile away to complete a car clout report. The ranger was taking information on the car clout from Pam when I walked into the ranger station.