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Definition of "clinch" []

  • To fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by bending down or flattening the pointed end that protrudes. (verb-transitive)
  • To fasten together in this way. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle definitely and conclusively; make final: "The cocktail circuit is a constant and more contracts are clinched over pâté than over paper” ( Ann L. Trebbe). (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To secure (a divisional championship, for instance) before the end of regular season play by having an insurmountable lead. (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To fasten with a clinch. (verb-transitive)
  • To secure (a driven nail) by bending the protruding point over (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To hold together in such a manner (verb)
  • To settle (something, such as an argument, bargain, etc) in a definite way (verb)
  • To fasten by means of a clinch (verb)
  • To engage in a clinch, as in boxing or wrestling (verb)
  • The act of clinching (noun)
  • A nail with its point bent over (noun)
  • The part of such a nail, etc, that has been bent over (noun)
  • An act or an instance in which one or both competitors hold on to the other to avoid punches, regain wind, etc (noun)
  • A lovers' embrace (noun)
  • A loop or eye formed in a line by seizing the end to the standing part. (noun)

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Use "clinch" in a sentence
  • "My brother swears the improved clinch is the only way to go and a very good friend went to great lengths to test knot breaking strength and landed on the Trilene Knot."
  • "The improved clinch is the way to go with large mouths"
  • "The playoff clinch is a plus, but we definitely needed this home win before we went on this road trip."