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1A large, heavy shoe:‘size-fourteen clodhoppers’
- ‘She sees corporate apathy in size - 12 clodhoppers.’
- ‘I must say that even Phelan, weighted down with his 1930s-era theoretical clodhoppers, runs rings round him.’
- ‘Okay okay, I'm sorry, now can we go before Kenny starts hacking at my shins with his clodhoppers again?’
- ‘Mom bought me an endless array of clodhoppers she cruelly dubbed ‘orthopaedic’, making matters worse.’
- ‘Eidolon was too small to help her and the Muse man was laughing too hard, so eventually she stepped on my foot with her big, clodhopper boots.’
- ‘‘Well, if that's true,’ she replied, ‘then what exactly do those clodhoppers say about you?’’
2A foolish, awkward, or clumsy person:‘the other students looked very young and I felt like a clodhopper’
lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokelView synonyms
- ‘If it weren't for that annoying little clodhopper, he'd be mine.’
- ‘By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree - and there will be one.’
- ‘Slice the Finals up any way you like, but the Nets, Pistons, Celtics, and the rest of the Eastern clodhoppers stand little or no chance of instilling fear in the Lakers.’
- ‘And his servile easily bewitched audience of clodhopper crusaders will carry on as before.’
- ‘But the study of literature should be left to clodhoppers.’
- ‘She allowed her smile to fall and she interrupted some clodhopper of a page who seemed to be explaining to her the most boring detailed fencing match.’
- ‘The exercise is designed to separate the dim from the deft, the brains from the buffoons, the clever from the clodhoppers.’
- ‘They cannot make a champion athlete out of a clodhopper.’
- ‘I'm not a big person, mind you, but next to her daintiness I'm a clodhopper with elephantiasis.’
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