a. A number one golf iron, having very little loft to the club face.
b. A number four wood.
2. Scots A large hook, such as one used to hang a pot over a fire.
[Middle English cleike, large hook, from cleken, to grasp, variant of clechen, from Old English *clǣcan; probably akin to clyccan, to clutch.]
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