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clout (noun) power and influence.

When you use your clout, you use your position or power, to influence others' decisions. You pull a lot of clout if you can make others change their decisions in your favor. Your position or job carries a lot of clout, if by using it, you can influence decisions. 'His position as the Home Secretary pulls a lot of clout with the police.' This means, he can use his position as the Home Secretary to influence the police officers. 'As a business magnate he has a lot of financial clout.' This means that as a very wealthy businessman, he can influence banks and other financial institutions into acting in his favor.

  • The Finance Secretary in the present cabinet is known for his integrity and honesty. He has never used the clout his job carries either for his benefit or for that of his friends or relatives.
  • The World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, of the United Nations use their financial clout to make the Third World countries accept their terms for loans.
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