clout (n.) Old form(s): Clowt, clowts
piece of cloth, rag; handkerchief
AC IV.vii.6.1[Scarus to Antony, of the enemy] we had droven them home / With clouts above their heads
Ham II.ii.504[First Player to all] a clout upon that head
KJ III.iv.58[Constance to Cardinal Pandulph, of Arthur] Or madly think a babe of clouts were he [i.e. a rag doll]
R3 I.iii.176[Richard to Queen Margaret, of York] thou ... gav'st the Duke a clout / Steeped in the faultless blood of pretty Rutland
RJ II.iv.201[Nurse to Romeo, of Juliet] she looks as pale as any clout in the versal world
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