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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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 The first pitch Lolich, a staple of Tigers lore for his performance in the 1968 World Series, famously threw out the final pitch of the Tigers' world championship-clincher 50 seasons ago in St. Louis. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Opening Day 2018: Everything you need to know," 28 Mar. 2018 Croatia required a pair of penalty shootouts to advance, eking by Denmark and host Russia on spot kicks to reach the last four, with Ivan Rakitic scoring the clincher in both matches. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: Croatia, England Vie for Place in World Cup Final vs. France," 11 July 2018 Ashley Prell scored the clincher for the Fillies in dramatic fashion in the sixth round, ripping a shot that hit a pole inside the net and popped out, creating a moment of uncertainty before it was ruled a goal. Steve Millar,, "New Trier caps 'wonderful season' with another second-place trophy," 4 June 2018 Abdul-Jabbar, now 40, dominated the clincher with 32 points, but the memories center around Game 4. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the Warriors, Cavaliers are linked in history," 30 May 2018 Tomas Nosek, the former Detroit Red Wings winger whom Vegas plucked in last summer's expansion draft, improbably scored the game-winner in the middle of the third period, then added the clincher with an empty-net goal in the final seconds. Adam Candee, Detroit Free Press, "Vegas Golden Knights clip Washington Capitals, 6-4, in Game 1 thriller," 29 May 2018 Sean Hamilton made the last minute shot to put the game into overtime and then Sean made the clincher shot for the win. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Fifth graders move on in elementary school celebration [West Laurel]," 28 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

: a fact or statement that makes something certain or final

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