clinch·​er ˈklin-chər How to pronounce clincher (audio)
: one that clinches: such as
: a decisive fact, argument, act, or remark
the expense was the clincher that persuaded us to give up the enterprise
: a tire with flanged beads fitting into the wheel rim

Example Sentences

the fact that the resort had tennis courts was the clincher in our deciding to stay there
Recent Examples on the Web Mancini then tallied his first career playoff hit two nights later in the Game 6 clincher, forever etching his name into the postseason record books. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 6 Nov. 2022 The clincher, though, is the foldable arm that the gun easily clicks into. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2022 The latest example was Padres, who dominated Game 1 against the Mets, nearly came back to win Game 2 and were perhaps even more dominating in the Game 3 clincher. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 With Kamloops threatening for the first 17 minutes of the 3rd to get back in the game, Chyzowski’s shot is kicked to the weak side by goalie Dylan Ernst right to Klassen, who has an easy finish for the clincher. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 The weather is back to sunny and warm in San Diego after a rare October rainstorm drenched the ballpark during the Padres’ electric Division Series clincher against the Dodgers on Saturday night. Creg Stephenson |, al, 18 Oct. 2022 Joe Musgrove and the San Diego bullpen allowed one hit against the Mets in the wild-card round clincher. Creg Stephenson |, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Braves-Phillies: An ace rises in Philly Playoff clincher. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2022 Wilson was thoroughly outplayed by Stewart and the Aces lost the clincher by 33 points. Gary Washburn,, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clincher was in 1703

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“Clincher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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clinch·​er ˈklin-chər How to pronounce clincher (audio)
: one that clinches
especially : a decisive fact or argument

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