Many outlets reported the smattering of car break-ins that plagued Soulard and Downtown over the weekend (here's KTVI
and the AP
). According to KMOX.com
fans at the M-M-A fights at Scottrade Center, people spending part of Saturday night in Soulard, and teens attending prom parties took the biggest losses.
It's called "car clouting
" - a term that must be new to some
people, for the news sites all put quotation marks around it. Basically, a car clout is a super-quick smash-and-grab job: last weekend, for example, the crooks shattered windows, grabbed whatever they could (in one case they snatched a gun) and took off.
We suppose this is distinct from the thief who quietly jimmies his way into a car and can spend more time searching around for loot.
If you look up "clout
Webster's online dictionary
you'll see the familiar noun form, which just means "pull or
But oh, there's more: the transitive verb "to clout" means
"to hit forcefully." As in, "I clouted that Escalade and stole an
iPod," or "When you fail to turn your cellphone on vibrate, co-worker, I
feel like clouting your face."
Gather 'round, word nerds, we got a new one.