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Wallop Charlie, the oaf! (5)


I believe the answer is:


'wallop' is the definition.

'charlie the oaf' is the wordplay.
'charlie' becomes 'c' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'the oaf' becomes 'lout' ('lout' can be a synonym of 'oaf').

(Other definitions for clout that I've seen before include "Old-fashioned garment", "hit hard", "Cast not one before May is out", "political muscle", "Ne'er cast a ... till May be out, it's said".)

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