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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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ne'er cast a clout till May be out

old-fashioned Do not start to wear summer clothes in May because cold temperatures are still possible. "Clout" in this sense means an article of clothing. Wait a little longer to get out your summer clothes because May is known to be quite chilly around here. As my Grandma used to say, "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out." Here, take a jacket. Ne'er cast a clout till May be out.
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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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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