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mcurrent
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:45:42 AM

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Hi, in my mathematical book "An Imaginary Tale" there is the text:

The discussion in section 5.1 on Kasner's problem also provoked a number of letters from disbelieving readers. One, an MIT professor, wrote to say "Kasner's example clobbered my intuition" and that "I have decided that Kasner's example is bogus."


TFD about clobber clobber. What does "clobber" mean here, which definition is correct:

1. To strike violently and repeatedly; batter or maul.
2. To defeat decisively.

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Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:59:31 AM

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This:
clobber verb [ T ] (DEFEAT)
​to defeat completely:

The government clobbered the opposition's proposals.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:55:48 AM

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Well, since it is metaphorical, it is the same thing.

If you hit someone violently and repeatedly over the head, you tend to win the fight!



But I actually disagree.
1 you can clobber someone just once.
And
2 if you are clobbered, something has whacked you. If that leads to defeat that is a consequence, but the actual clobbering is the overwhelming beating down.


Quote:
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verb
If you clobber someone, you hit them.
[informal]
Hillary clobbered him with a vase.
Synonyms: batter, beat, assault, smash

verb
If a person or company is clobbered by something, they are very badly affected by it.
[informal]
The construction industry was clobbered by recession. [be VERB-ed]
Sticky weather in May and June clobbered sales of Thorntons' chocolates.



FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:15:49 PM

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It's clobberin' time!



Romany
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:49:21 AM
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And, in England, it's also a noun meaning "clothes/possessions" - and one I dearly love!
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