from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which arrests and holds the attention or the interest; the strong point; the chief attraction; the peg on which success depends.


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  • The clou sounds all high tech and utopian but it is so corporate it makes me want to puke.

    J M McDermott

  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~References~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ une brocante (f) = flea market; un clou (m) = nail; une clef (f) = key; quatorzième = fourteenth

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Some people have no clou what my website is all about ...

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  • Heureusement qu'il faisait chaud j'avais juste mon super pantalon Bodyline, de vieille mitaine a clou de cosplay de je sais pas quoi, mes super chausstettes a rayures et un vieux TShirt gris Dark Dude!!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • The name comes from the French “clou” meaning nail.

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  • Expressions: maigre comme un clou = "thin as a nail" (thin as a rail) c'est un peu maigre = it's insufficient faire maigre = to abstain from meat and fatty foods

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Too much money to spend but no clou about marketing.

    Huge Red Flag at Netscape

  • Quand il est bien écumé, vous le salez légérement, et y mettez les racines convenables, comme navets, carottes, panais, oignons, cellery et poireaux, avec un clou de gerofle et une racine de persil.

    Savoring The Past

  • "Everyone is saying that the Princess -- your sister -- is the _clou_ of the ball.",

    Miss Pat at School

  • The account of a dinner at the "White Horse" is perhaps the _clou_ of an exceptionally exhilarating entertainment.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, March 17, 1920


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  • Also short for biclou.

    August 18, 2008

  • clou center of attention

    January 9, 2007