1. (also clob) to hit, to beat up, to kill; thus clobbering n., a beating.
|Barrack-Room Ballads (1899) 121: For a single man gets bottled on them twisty-wisty stairs, / An a’ woman comes and clobs ’im from be’ind.‘Loot’ in|
|Truth (Sydney) 15 Apr. 4/6: The larrikin / So full of sin, / has now no fear of getting clobbert [sic].|
|Twelve O’clock High! (1975) 363: ‘Hit it?’ Savage asked. ‘Clobbered it, I think, sir.’.|
|(con. WWII) Maybe I’m Dead 285: Three-fourths of the bloody houses in Leipzig are clobbered.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 127: Harry passing out beer, telling them how he clobbered a cop.|
|Doom Pussy 25: This would probably bring on retaliation-clobbering.|
|Fantastic Four Annual 60: Outta the way! I’m gonna clobber the bum!|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 93: Their blokes just given them clobberings.West in|
|Yes We have No 173: The police [...] clobbered him for giving them lip.|
|Cartoon City 269: Ma, your man clobbered John for no reason.|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] Imagine if that old sheila had clobbered me with the candleabra.|
|Nature Girl 7: Did he deserve to be clobbered with a crab hammer in the testicles.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] If Matt hadn’t already hit someone tonight, he might have done something really dumb and clobbered the tall smartarse.‘The Break’ in|
2. to defeat heavily; thus clobbering, a beating.
|1000 Destroyed 271: It didn’t appear the war was going to last long enough to clobber them.|
|Breakthrough [film script] They [US troops in WWII] clobbered ’em good [W&F].|
|Set This House on Fire 439: He looked absolutely clobbered.|
|Steptoe and Son [TV script] Put my name down for the tennis club, I’ll give you a clobbering down there.‘Loathe Story’|
|Demon (1979) 18: I hear you clobbered the bums.|
|After The Ball 112: People who refuse to face reality sooner or later get clobbered.|
|Guardian Guide 4–10 Sept. 15: I had this false sense of confidence that we could actually take these hits. When we did, I just got clobbered!|
3. to criticize, to treat harshly.
|Collier’s 24 Nov. 67: In the Pentagon an individual can be clobbered by his superior [W&F].|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 347: He did not expect to be anything but clobbered.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 209: Can’t you tell ’em to get rid of that Viet Cong flag? The press is gonna clobber us for that!|
|Blow Your House Down 52: She took chances [...] and of course she got clobbered.|
|Guardian G2 20 July 10: As a member of three French pressure groups, he has been the Asterix clobbering Jack Valenti.|
4. in fig. use, i.e. to accost.
|Sel. Letters (1992) 415: The TLS has got clobbered for about £7,000 damages [...] for reviewing some chap unfavourably.letter 6 May in Thwaite|
|Murder and Chips 126: We clobbered them for rape.|
|Up the Cross 19: By the time the wals clobbered him Whiffy Maloney was standing all alone.(con. 1959)|
5. to make a physical effort.
|Rivethead (1992) 94: I was the son of a son of a bitch, an ancestral prodigy born to clobber my way through loathsome dungheaps of idiot labor.|