Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short heavy club, usually of wood, that is thicker or loaded at one end.
  • transitive v. To hit with or as if with a heavy club.
  • transitive v. To overcome by or as if by using a heavy club. See Synonyms at intimidate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short, heavy club, often of wood, which is thicker or loaded at one end.
  • v. To strike or hit with something hard, usually on the head; to club.
  • v. To coerce someone, as if with a bludgeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short stick, with one end loaded, or thicker and heavier that the other, used as an offensive weapon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy stick, particularly one with one end loaded or thicker and heavier than the other, used as an offensive weapon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
  • v. strike with a club or a bludgeon
  • n. a club used as a weapon

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1730. Origin uncertain, perhaps of Cornish origin (recorded as blogon c. 1450) or from Middle French bougeon, a diminutive of bouge ("club, stick"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also, I do not feel that having Krissy mail the book rather than having you show up at my doorstep clad in a pirate outfit and swinging the book like a bludgeon is a bad thing.

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  • Rorschach will even hold onto these weapons, and his brutal finishers get even nastier when there is a crowbar involved, though watching him wield a knife like a bludgeon is a bit silly.

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  • He adds that the White House had to "bludgeon" the press to see reality.

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  • At a Senate hearing Thursday, he told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the United States could not "bludgeon" its way to victory with more troops.

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  • When reasonable persuasion falls on willfully deaf ears and willfully blind eyes I see no reason not to "bludgeon" or even put Occam's Zweihänder to good use. . .

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  • He will use the Senate bill to kind of bludgeon the Democrats, if you will, in the House and say, look, you can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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  • It functions as a kind of bludgeon wielded on several sides of the school wars.

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  • And, honestly, it feels to me like, look, I mean, what the AIDS Health Foundation is doing is great, but it feels like they ` re really trying to kind of bludgeon her, you know, and take a moment of embarrassment and try and squeeze cash out of her.

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  • BAGGS (through voice synthesizer): I tend to kind of bludgeon people over the head with that kind of communication.

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  • BAGGS: I tend to kind of bludgeon people over the head with that kind of communication.

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