Duds vs Clobber - What's the difference?

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Duds is a related term of clobber.

As nouns the difference between duds and clobber

is that duds is (new england|british|dated) clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance while clobber is (uk|australia|slang) clothing.

As a verb clobber is

(slang) to hit or bash severely; to seriously harm or damage.




(en-plural noun)
  • (New England, British, dated) Clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance.
  • * 1890 , (William Morris), (News from Nowhere)'', in the journal '' . (First published in book form 1890.)
  • I looked at what I could see of my rough blue duds , which I had plenty of opportunity of contrasting with the gay attire of the citizens we had come across;
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]”}}
  • English plurals
  • Synonyms

    * (clothing) ** (standard) clothes, clothing, outfit ** (slang) garb, kit, togs





    Etymology 1

    British slang from 1941; possibly onomatopoeic of the sound of detonated bombs in the distance.


    (en verb)
  • (slang) To hit or bash severely; to seriously harm or damage.
  • * 1954 , , The Blackboard Jungle , 1984, page 201,
  • 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.
  • * 2000 November 30, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) , page 3034,
  • 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.
  • * 2002 , Donald K. Burleson, Oracle9i UNIX Administration Handbook , page 395,
  • 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.
    The following script cripples the UNIX server by an implosion of incoming jobs. This is known as a denial of service (DOS) attack.
  • (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 , page 74,
  • 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.
  • * 2004 , John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Unix for Dummies , page 314,
  • The cp command does one thing as it clobbers a file; mv and ln do another.
  • * 2007 , Billy Hoffman, Bryan Sullivan, Ajax Security , unnumbered page,
  • 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.

    Etymology 2

    British slang from 19th Century.


    (en noun)
  • (UK, Australia, slang) Clothing.
  • * 1892 , , Loot'', in ''Barrack-Room Ballads , Gutenberg eBook #2819,
  • 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!
  • * 1899 , , Gutenberg eBook #3418,
  • Now to get rid of this respectable clobber and feel like a man again.
  • * 1919 , , Red Robin'', in ''Jim of The Hills , Gutenberg Australia eBook #0500931,
  • 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.
  • (UK, slang) Equipment.
  • References

    * * The Dinkum Dictionary *