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clinch

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verb \ˈklinch\

Simple Definition of clinch

  • : to make (something) certain or final

  • : to make certain the winning of (something)

  • : to hold each other closely during a fight

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clinch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  clench 3

  3. 2 a :  to turn over or flatten the protruding pointed end of (a driven nail); also :  to treat (as a screw, bolt, or rivet) in a similar way b :  to fasten in this way

  4. 3 a :  to make final or irrefutable :  settle <that clinched the argument> b :  to assure the winning of <scored a touchdown to clinch the game>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to hold an opponent (as in boxing) at close quarters with one or both arms

  7. 2 :  to hold fast or firmly

clinchingly

play \ˈklin-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of clinch in a sentence

  1. His home run clinched the victory.

  2. The new evidence clinches the case.

  3. Her work on the project should clinch her a promotion.

  4. The photos of the city have clinched it for me. I have to visit Prague.

  5. If they win tonight's game they'll clinch the pennant.



Origin and Etymology of clinch

probably alteration of clench


First Known Use: 1542


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clinch

noun

Simple Definition of clinch

  • : a position in which two people (such as two boxers) are holding each other very closely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clinch

  1. 1 :  a fastening by means of a clinched nail, rivet, or bolt; also :  the clinched part of a nail, rivet, or bolt

  2. 2 archaic :  pun

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of clinching in boxing

  4. 4 :  embrace

Examples of clinch in a sentence

  1. The referee told the boxers to break their clinch.



1659

First Known Use of clinch

1659

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Rhymes with clinch


Clinch

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geographical name \ˈklinch\

Definition of Clinch

  1. river ab 300 miles (480 kilometers) SW Virginia & E Tennessee flowing SW into Tennessee River




CLINCH Defined for Kids

clinch

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verb \ˈklinch\

Definition of clinch for Students

clinched

clinching

  1. :  to show to be certain or true <She presented facts that clinched the argument.>





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