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 As a freshman in 2018, Abel won four games at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, and tossed a complete-game shutout against Arkansas in the championship clincher to lead the Beavers to the national title. oregonlive, 12 July 2021 In the last four games, George has played at least 40 minutes three times, including a 45-minute outing in the series-clincher against the Jazz on Friday. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 On the road, Ryan threw five touchdowns in the NFL Eastern Conference Championship clincher against the New York Giants. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 June 2021 With momentum established, Sock broke Gomez's serve early in the second set and subsequently held to lead 3-1 en route to his 6-4 clincher. Frankie Frisco, Arkansas Online, 7 June 2021 Every clincher since has been on the road or at a neutral site. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 7 July 2021 The 16-year veteran scored 37 points in Game 4 clincher in Denver and tied a career playoff-high with 41 in finishing off the Clippers in Game 6 in Los Angeles, but Booker and Ayton have made their mark in those closeout victories as well. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2021 Atlanta’s Trae Young masterfully orchestrated a series clincher over the Knicks — on their home floor — and then channeled a Broadway play by taking a theatrical bow at the finish. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 Behind two goals each by Bill Goldsworthy, Milan Marcetta and Parker MacDonald, the Stars rolled in the clincher. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Clincher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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