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

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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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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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