What does the word clout mean?

Usage examples for clout

  1. The old adage is very good, and should be borne in mind:- " Button to chin Till May be in; Ne'er cast a clout Till May be out." – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  2. His value at Skadden is not his minimal ability as a lawyer but his clout with the authorities. – Diamond Dust by K. Kay Shearin
  3. " Halves," said Johnson promptly, " and a clout 'longside your head if you was coming any of your nonsense over me." – The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit