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 Harris tallied 29 kills, the last of which was the clincher, to help the Central champion Bulldogs to their first state title, a 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-13 win over Danvers at Worcester State., "In the bag were blue pre-made T-shirts that said ‘Needham girls’ volleyball 2019 state champions.’," 17 Nov. 2019 The clincher was Cordts scrambling around just long enough for TJ Rucker to get open and behind the Peoria secondary for a picture-perfect, 44-yard scoring play and the winning points after Cordts tacked on a 2-point conversion. azcentral, "Arizona high school football Week 11 roundup: Williams Field holds on to top rival Higley," 1 Nov. 2019 The Astros even flaunted their depth in this clincher. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Jose Altuve's walk-off home run sends Astros back to World Series," 18 Oct. 2019 When the Spurs returned to Houston for Game 6, Murray — now returned to a reserve role — added 11 points to the Spurs’ 114-75 win in the clincher. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Changing of the point guards: How Dejounte Murray was built to succeed a legend," 21 Feb. 2018 Last outing: Allowed one run and struck out five in 2 2/3 innings of relief in the ALCS, Game 6 clincher vs. the New York Yankees Oct. 19. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Houston Astros at Washington Nationals World Series Game 4 odds, picks and betting tips," 26 Oct. 2019 The Braves’ bullpen teetered but did not break after taking over in the eighth inning, performing just well enough to put a potential clincher in the hands of an unnamed Game 4 starter. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Braves rally in ninth against Cardinals’ closer for a 2-1 lead in the NLDS," 6 Oct. 2019 Matsushima’s try might be the quarterfinal-clincher. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dream still on: Wondrous Japan gets win, bonus point v Samoa," 5 Oct. 2019 But there was a clincher: the woman in Galbraith’s case had remained as focused as possible during her ordeal, memorizing details. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the True Story Behind Netflix's Unbelievable," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clincher

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Clincher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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