Influence or power in political and community circles. Originally popularized by Chicago journalist Mike Royko to describe local movers and shakers when Richard J. Daley was mayor in the Sixties and early Seventies. Usage spread nationally.
"Go get next to the alderman. He has the clout to get you that city contract, but you better be able to convince him what's in it for him."
by Jaded1 June 12, 2009