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clout list

A secret list of people who, through advantageous connections and relationships with people of affluence, authority, or political influence, are given preferential consideration during an admissions or appointments process. Even though he didn't do well in school, his father's connections to state senators and local politicians enabled him to be put on the university's clout list, and he eventually gained admission.
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Arrested or apprehended. if they catch you defacing the park benches, you'll be clouted for sure.
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mod. arrested. They do things like that to get clouted so they can have a warm place to stay overnight.
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The Senate majority leader's appearance serves as a reminder of the Religious Right's ongoing clout in Congress.
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IT'S NOT before time that someone with journalistic clout expressed sympathy and support on the worsening plight of Britain's farmers.
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As Asian nations gain economic clout, they are shifting the world's political center of balance from the Atlantic region to the Pacific.
Once wealthier Medicare patients leave the system, taking their clout with them, the momentum to cut funding, lower taxes, and erode the quality of Medicare would snowball.
Who wouldn't love to have somebody with known clout, especially if he could bring Guggenheim money with him?
Even more significant, he managed to create a speech that developed his leadership image and increased his political clout -- catapulting him into the national and international arenas.
The potential clout of the combined organizations could now be realized.