How did "club" ...

…come to mean “something you whack things with” as well as “a group of people who gather together for a specific purpose”?

From Etymonline:

if you were really unpopular what would you use to get a group of people to associate with you?

my first though was sometimes you need to get a group together to deliver a needed beat down on the villiage fuckup. Not much of a stretch to a “we need to go club this guy” to “wanna join in on the club”

Related question : Do other English dialects besides South African have the phrase “club together”, in the sense of pooling your money together for e.g. a group present?

Yes. I’m not sure if American English does, but I understand the phrase. I just don’t hear it that often in any dialect, but I have heard it several times.

It’s certainly used in British English.

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Here are some cites from OED for club together in the sense pooling one’s money.

Dana was an American writer so the phrase seems to be used in the US too,

In earlier cites club is used in the same sense without together.

Or, at least it was in 1840.

As Ludovic notes, I could certainly parse out what the term meant if I heard it in conversation, but it’s a term I’ve never heard used in modern American English…we’d probably say, “pooled our resources” or something like that.

Same here, I’ve never heard the term.

And after sundown it would, of course, be a Nightclub.

I know that Cecil sorta answered this, but where does club as “black three leaf clover in playing cards” originate? It doesn’t look anything like a club at all…

Apparently, the Spanish and Italian decks had a suit with a club on it, but somehow in English, the French trefoil was adopted for that suit.


Or if it’s a mace used by a feudal horseman it would be a knightclub.

…Or a club that knights belonged to.
The Knights of the Round Club

Club sound like someone being hit on the head.

That’s an odd question, seeing as a spade (:spades:) looks like a garden spade. Your question is much more interesting.

“Office pool” is the phrase I hear most often, but most times it’s just “going in together” on something.

I’ve never heard club together for money.

Good interesting question, btw. Ignorance fought!

Just a wild-assed-guess, but the traditional stereotypical club was made from the trunk and trimmed roots of a sapling- possibly because that was an extra-hard or tough part of the wood? So you had all the knobbly bits where the roots were trimmed off, and often the sapling was a bunch of fused seedlings so you did have a “club” of wooden stems.