Definition of clench
- clenched the arms of the chair
- clench one's teeth
- clench one's fists
He clenched his teeth and continued to look straight ahead.
He clenched his fists in anger.
She was angry and spoke quietly through clenched teeth.
His jaw clenched and unclenched as he listened to the speech.
She danced alone, with a rose clenched in her teeth.
He was clenching a cigarette in his teeth.
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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