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clod

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Pronunciation: /klɒd
 
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Definition of clod in English:

noun

1A lump of earth or clay: frost is essential for breaking up clods into manageable sizes
More example sentences
  • The soil was so hard it took Moore three whacks with a pick just to break loose a clod of clay.
  • And some foul-mouthed yobs have been hurling clods of earth at passing craft - with one passenger reportedly struck on the head by a clod.
  • After the land was ploughed, the turned earth would contain large clods of earth that required breaking up.
Synonyms
lump, clump, chunk, mass, piece, hunk, slab, wedge
informal dollop, wodge
2 informal A stupid person: you’re an insensitive clod and I hope you fall and break your neck
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  • But this is an army of rookies, clods, and dimwits - and the women make short work of their glorious space armada.
  • He is, however, quite impatient with the clods and dullards who do not find the tradition hopelessly retrograde.
  • Except for a scant few, the characters in St. Elmo's Fire are all either weasels, deceptive clods or selfish ninnies.
3 [mass noun] British A coarse cut of meat from the lower neck of an ox: other stewing cuts (in England known to the meat trade as clod) may cook in 90 minutes
More example sentences
  • Nutrient composition data are available for four lean cuts of bison: rib-eye, clod, top round and top sirloin.
  • The beef type chuck includes chuck, clod, and round.

Origin

late Middle English: variant of clot.

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