clinch·​er | \ˈklin-chər \

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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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 So guess what people on Twitter joked about after Sunday’s clincher? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Why everyone is making taxi jokes about the Golden Knights coach," 21 May 2018 Durant also scored 72 points combined in Games 1, 2 and 4, finishing with a triple-double in the series-clincher. Tania Ganguli,, "Warriors remain an unbeatable NBA champion for one reason," 10 June 2018 Peja Stojakovic led the way in that clincher, scoring 37 points on 10-of-18 shooting and making all 14 of his free throws. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How the Kings made Sacramento playoff history 17 years ago today | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018 The Celtics’ Game 7 clincher at the Spectrum remains one of the most puzzling performances of Chamberlain’s often-enigmatic career. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "As Sixers and Celtics face off in playoffs, an old rivalry comes to life in a new NBA," 29 Apr. 2018 Stone: The performance Kerry had in Atlanta in Game 5 (of the NLDS clincher in 2003) was terrific. Dan Wiederer,, "Kerry Wood and ‘the greatest game ever pitched’: The oral history of May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of clincher

1703, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clincher

: a fact or statement that makes something certain or final

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