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

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Leonard said after Thursday night’s title-clincher. Bruce Jenkins,, "The Warriors fall, and the Western Conference rises from hibernation," 14 June 2019 Melanie Barcenas scored both Surf goals in the championship clincher and led the entire tournament with 13 goals in six games. Scott Akanewich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Surf club banner held high by U12 girls champs," 17 July 2019 The clincher: ancient DNA with sequences that matched those of modern cacao trees. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla," 11 July 2019 Davidson went the full 90 minutes in the United States' 3-0 victory over Chile, which saw them clinch their spot in the round of 16 ahead of Thursday's group-clincher against Sweden., "USWNT Conundrum: Why Tierna Davidson Should — But Won't — Start Against Sweden," 18 June 2019 Here’s the clincher: Targeting, the part of the process that advertisers themselves bring to the party, is relatively easy to regulate. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated," 11 June 2019 Price earned two of his team’s four World Series wins — including the Game 5 clincher against the Dodgers — appearing in three games, with two starts, posting a 1.98 ERA. Maureen Mullen, The Seattle Times, "Price, boosted by big October outings, aims for Bosox repeat," 24 Mar. 2019 Synopsis: Bryant and Schwarber were on fast tracks to the majors and joined the Cubs the next year, when Bryant was named NL Rookie of the Year and Schwarber hit a big home run in the division series clincher against the Cardinals. Paul Sullivan,, "Rebuild vs. Rebuild: Comparing the 2019 White Sox with the 2014 Cubs," 16 June 2019 More importantly, Detmers was able to complete seven innings and leave a large enough lead to keep Dan McDonnell’s bullpen fresh for a potential Saturday clincher in the best-of-three Super Regional. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "After a short slump, the Louisville baseball 'locomotive' back is back on track," 7 June 2019

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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

informal : a fact or statement that makes something certain or final

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