British slang from 1941; possibly onomatopoeic of the sound of detonated bombs in the distance.
(slang) To hit or bash severely; to seriously harm or damage.
* 1954 , , The Blackboard Jungle , 1984,
* 2000 November 30, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) ,
- So the temptation to clobber was always there, and it was sometimes more difficult not to strike than it would have been to strike, and the consequences be damned.
* 2002 , Donald K. Burleson, Oracle9i UNIX Administration Handbook ,
- Mr. Speaker, Sir, in the East African Standard'' newspaper we saw a picture of a man being carried away after being clobbered'''. We also saw women being '''clobbered''' by well-built policemen using big clubs. They were ' clobbering women who had already fallen on the ground.
- Most of the job of the UNIX Oracle DBA is keeping the database running, and it does not come as a surprise when they see how easy it is to clobber a server.
(computing) To overwrite (data) or override (an assignment of a value), often unintentionally or unexpectedly.
* 1999 , Michael J. Wooldridge, Anand Rao, Foundations of Rational Agency ,
- The following script cripples the UNIX server by an implosion of incoming jobs. This is known as a denial of service (DOS) attack.
* 2004 , John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Unix for Dummies ,
- Inferences made in accordance with this reason are defeated by finding that the merged plan clobbers one of the causal-links in one of the constituent plans.
* 2007 , Billy Hoffman, Bryan Sullivan, Ajax Security ,
cp command does one thing as it clobbers a file;
ln do another.
- These functions collide, and we can see in Figure 7-1 that the
debug() function for SexyWidgets clobbers' the developer?s
debug() function. The last function declared with the same name in the same scope will silently ' clobber the earlier function definition.
British slang from 19th Century.
(UK, Australia, slang) Clothing.
* 1892 , , Loot'', in ''Barrack-Room Ballads ,
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* 1899 , ,
- W?y, they call a man a robber if ?e stuffs ?is marchin? clobber / With the— / (Chorus) Loo! loo! Lulu! lulu! Loo! loo! Loot! loot! loot!
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* 1919 , , Red Robin'', in ''Jim of The Hills ,
- Now to get rid of this respectable clobber and feel like a man again.
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(UK, slang) Equipment.
- I was thinkin? of the widow while I gets me clobber on - / Like a feller will start thinkin? of the times that?s past an? gone.
* The Dinkum Dictionary