What does the word clout mean?

Usage examples for clout

  1. His value at Skadden is not his minimal ability as a lawyer but his clout with the authorities. – Diamond Dust by K. Kay Shearin
  2. " 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