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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
, transitive verb
to make or cause to make a slight, sharp sound, as of glasses striking together
Origin: Middle English clinken ; from Middle Dutch klinken: origin, originally echoic
- such a sound
Origin: < name of an 18th-c. prison in Southwark (London)Informal a jail; prison
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intr. & tr.v. clinked
To make or cause to make a light, sharp ringing sound: clinked their wineglasses together in a toast. noun
A light, sharp ringing sound, as of glass or metal.
Origin: Middle English clinken, probably from Middle Dutch klinken, of imitative origin.
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A prison or a prison cell; a jail: spent the night in the clink.
Origin: After Clink, a district of London famous for its prison.