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clinch

verb \ ˈklinch \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of clinch

transitive verb
1 :clench 3
2 a :to turn over or flatten the protruding pointed end of (a driven nail); also :to treat (a screw, a bolt, a rivet, etc.) in a similar way
b :to fasten in this way
3 a :to make final or irrefutable :settle
  • that clinched the argument
b :to assure the winning of
  • scored a touchdown to clinch the game
intransitive verb
1 :to hold an opponent (as in boxing) at close quarters with one or both arms
2 :to hold fast or firmly

clinchingly

play \ˈklin-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of clinch in a Sentence

  1. His home run clinched the victory.

  2. The new evidence clinches the case.

  3. Her work on the project should clinch her a promotion.

  4. The photos of the city have clinched it for me. I have to visit Prague.

  5. If they win tonight's game they'll clinch the pennant.

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Origin and Etymology of clinch

probably alteration of clench


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clinch

noun

Definition of clinch

1 :a fastening by means of a clinched nail, rivet, or bolt; also :the clinched part of a nail, rivet, or bolt
2 archaic :pun
3 :an act or instance of clinching in boxing
4 :embrace

Examples of clinch in a Sentence

  1. The referee told the boxers to break their clinch.

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First Known Use of clinch

1659

Other Building Terms


Clinch

geographical name \ ˈklinch \

Definition of Clinch

river about 300 miles (480 kilometers) long in southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee flowing southwest into the Tennessee River

CLINCH Defined for English Language Learners

clinch

verb

Definition of clinch for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) certain or final

  • : to make certain the winning of (something)

  • : to hold each other closely during a fight


clinch

noun

Definition of clinch for English Language Learners

  • : a position in which two people (such as two boxers) are holding each other very closely


CLINCH Defined for Kids

clinch

verb \ ˈklinch \

Definition of clinch for Students

clinched; clinching
:to show to be certain or true
  • She presented facts that clinched the argument.


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