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
Recent Examples on the Web Gurianov’s shot is arguably the best on the team, and was a weapon last season and in the playoffs (remember the series-clincher against Vegas?). Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars forwards Jamie Benn, Blake Comeau to miss Thursday’s game against Detroit," 28 Jan. 2021 Betts homered off Kershaw in their last World Series game, the 2018 clincher at Dodger Stadium. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Mookie Betts Leads Dodgers’ Stars With a Masterly Performance," 21 Oct. 2020 The Saints went 1-1 against the Falcons last year, with New Orleans' victory on Thanksgiving serving as the NFC South title-clincher. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "The Edge: Even without Drew Brees, the Saints should be able to pass against the Falcons," 19 Nov. 2020 Chance Nolan threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 50 more yards, but his fumble in the final minute was the clincher. oregonlive, "Pac-12 football power rankings: USC, Colorado at the top as Oregon Ducks dip to 6th," 16 Dec. 2020 Chris Sale got the final three outs of the Game 5 clincher, one day after throwing four innings in his Game 4 start. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers can win without a traditional closer. Look at the last three champions," 11 Oct. 2020 But the clincher was from an Alaska resident who killed a whale with a single shot from the .303 Savage. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "The Life and Times of the Savage Model 99, One of America’s Greatest Lever-Action Rifles," 9 Dec. 2020 Pennsylvania was the clincher for Biden on Saturday. Eric Martin,, "Bush Says Vote Was ‘Fair,’ and Outcome ‘Clear’: Election Update," 8 Nov. 2020 Oregon, however, answers every challenge and Derek Loville scores two touchdowns, including the clincher. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers football history: The 123 meetings, game by game," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of clincher

1703, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Clincher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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