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What is the meaning of "clubbed to death?"

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You whack someone on the head [with a club, usually] until they die. (Or you die of exhaustion.) – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 21 '11 at 1:16
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It's also a song by Rob Dugan, aka DJ Rob D, best known for the appearance of the "Kurayamino mix" of it on the Matrix soundtrack (in the "woman in the red dress" scene). In that instance, it's a double entendre between Dusty's answer and F'x's, or variants on the latter like "having been immersed in the club scene until dead or wishing one were".

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That song was the reason of my question :) – Martin Mar 20 '11 at 20:33
@Martin You should have said so. – Jim Balter Mar 20 '11 at 20:46
@Jim Balter, yes you are right. – Martin Mar 20 '11 at 21:17
Sorry to be a pedant, y'all, but this is english.stackexchange.com after all! A 'song' is a set of words set to music. You sing a song. As Clubbed to Death has no words it is therefore 'just' a piece of music. :) – billynomates Mar 21 '11 at 12:14
As to the song, watch the official videoclip here youtube.com/watch?v=_YCGtT_FRYg You will find your answer ;) I could not describe it better than this user "SevaVideo": In a world full of deceit , we're moving backwards like mindless sheep. We need to start to move against the system How, one way or another, we try to destroy each other. Love can freeze time, and create it's own reality. Falls and rises again, like we all should do. That wall represents all that keeps us from being the best we can. When you overcome that wall that keeps you back you Come back better, stronger, wise – Qwerty Sep 3 '12 at 11:49

To club something is to beat it, usually with a large blunt-force weapon (e.g. a club). So if something is clubbed to death, then it's beaten with some large weapon until it's dead.

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More often someone than something – nico Mar 20 '11 at 20:19
@nico People are things. something is more general and includes rats, weeds, etc. The phrase can also be used metaphorically to refer to destroying an inanimate object, such as a statue or a computer. – Jim Balter Mar 20 '11 at 20:37
Personally I would not use "thing" referring to people... – nico Mar 20 '11 at 20:58
@nico well, we all qualify surely - but yes, that way sociopathy lies... – Marc Gravell Mar 20 '11 at 21:14
@nico It's appropriate in this context. @Marc As for sociopathy -- personally I would not club anyone to death, but that's neither here nor there. – Jim Balter Mar 20 '11 at 21:22

Also, it could also be a pun on the standard meaning (see Dusty’s answer), but actually mean “to party ’til you’re dead”.

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"Clubbed to Death" is an album, a band, a film, and a song.

For the quite different phrase "clubbed to death", see Dusty's answer. Of course, that could appear capitalized in a title or headline, such as this where the phrase is used metaphorically and as a pun on "rugby club".

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