clinch·​er | \ ˈklin-chər How to pronounce clincher (audio) \

Definition of clincher

: one that clinches: such as
a : a decisive fact, argument, act, or remark the expense was the clincher that persuaded us to give up the enterprise
b : a tire with flanged beads fitting into the wheel rim

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Examples of clincher in a Sentence

the fact that the resort had tennis courts was the clincher in our deciding to stay there

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The game’s outcome was never in doubt, and the clincher came early, when Leinart connected with Dwayne Jarrett on a 54-yard score. Ben Ladner,, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 The clincher in all this is that the only reason these unions continue to wield such influence is that Pennsylvania taxpayers are forced to finance their political fundraising apparatus. Matthew J. Brouillette, WSJ, "Pennsylvania Unions May Flip the House," 16 Oct. 2018 Ironically, Ryan Reaves, a fourth-line forward acquired by Vegas at the trade deadline, recorded the series clincher by deflecting a shot from the blue line past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 13:21 of the second period. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Vegas Golden Knights Reach Stanley Cup Finals in First Season," 20 May 2018 These are all strong indicators, but not clinchers. James Vincent, The Verge, "Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix," 27 Dec. 2018 As Eric Dier stepped to the spot for the potential clincher, Pickford pounded the turf. Brian Straus,, "England's Belief Manifests Itself in Elusive Penalty Triumph, World Cup Progression," 3 July 2018 Neymar also provided the last pass for Firmino's clincher in the 88th minute. Associated Press,, "Mexico's World Cup ends with loss to Brazil," 2 July 2018 And for last, Céline Spring 2017's French art-magnate Queen of Hearts, or the clincher of this persuasive essay. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Would You Try Mismatched Shoes? This Might Persuade You," 10 Jan. 2017 Greene was the winning pitcher for the clincher that sent the Phillies to the World Series, a 6-3 victory at Veterans Stadium over his former team, the Atlanta Braves. Marc Narducci,, "Tommy Greene recalls winning the NLCS clincher for '93 Phillies," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of clincher

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clincher was in 1703

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English Language Learners Definition of clincher

informal : a fact or statement that makes something certain or final

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a strong desire or propensity

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