- The definition of a clinch is a fastening, or something used to fasten, or is slang for a embrace.
An example of a clinch is a clothes pin.
- Clinch means to prevent from moving, or to secure a spot.
An example of clinch is for a baseball team to win the division championship.
- to secure (a nail, bolt, etc. that has been driven through something) by bending or flattening the projecting end
- to fasten firmly together by this means
- to settle (an argument, bargain, etc.) definitely
- to make sure of winning; win conclusively
Origin of clinchvariant, variety of clench
- Boxing to grip the opponent's body with one or both arms so as to hinder punching effectiveness
- Slang to embrace
- a fastening, as with a clinched nail
- the bent or flattened part of a clinched nail, bolt, etc.
- Boxing an act of clinching
- Slang an embrace
verbclinched, clinch·ing, clinch·es
- a. To fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by bending down or flattening the pointed end that protrudes.b. To fasten together in this way.
- 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 )
- Sports To secure (a divisional championship, for instance) before the end of regular season play by having an insurmountable lead.
- To fasten with a clinch knot.
- To be held together securely.
- Sports To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to prevent or hinder punches.
- Slang To embrace amorously.
- Something, such as a clamp, that clinches.
- The clinched part of a nail, bolt, or rivet.
- Sports An act or instance of clinching in boxing.
- A clinch knot.
- Slang An amorous embrace.
Origin of clinchVariant of clench
(third-person singular simple present clinches, present participle clinching, simple past and past participle clinched)
- To clasp; to interlock. [1560s]
- To make certain; to finalize. 
- I already planned to buy the car, but the color was what really clinched it for me.
- To fasten securely or permanently.
- To bend and hammer the point of (a nail) so it cannot be removed. [17th century]
- To embrace passionately.
- To hold firmly; to clench.
- To set closely together; to close tightly.
- to clinch the teeth or the fist
- Any of several fastenings.
- The act or process of holding fast; that which serves to hold fast; a grip or grasp.
- to get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon
- to secure anything by a clinch
- (nautical) A hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to the ringbolts.
- A passionate embrace.
Arisen from clench in XVI century.