Clinch definition

klĭnch
To fasten together in this way.
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To settle definitely and conclusively; make final.
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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.

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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.

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(sports) To secure (a divisional championship, for instance) before the end of regular season play by having an insurmountable lead.
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To fasten with a clinch knot.
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To fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by bending down or flattening the pointed end that protrudes.
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To be held together securely.
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(sports) To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to prevent or hinder punches.
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(slang) To embrace amorously.
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Something, such as a clamp, that clinches.
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The clinched part of a nail, bolt, or rivet.
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(sports) An act or instance of clinching in boxing.
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A clinch knot.
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(slang) An amorous embrace.
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To secure (a nail, bolt, etc. that has been driven through something) by bending or flattening the projecting end.
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To fasten firmly together by this means.
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To settle (an argument, bargain, etc.) definitely.
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To make sure of winning; win conclusively.
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(boxing) To grip the opponent's body with one or both arms so as to hinder punching effectiveness.
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(slang) To embrace.
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(boxing) An act of clinching.
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(slang) An embrace.
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A fastening, as with a clinched nail.
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The bent or flattened part of a clinched nail, bolt, etc.
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To clasp; to interlock. [1560s]
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To make certain; to finalize. [1716]

I already planned to buy the car, but the color was what really clinched it for me.

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To bend and hammer the point of (a nail) so it cannot be removed. [17th century]
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To embrace passionately.
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To hold firmly; to clench.
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To set closely together; to close tightly.

To clinch the teeth or the fist.

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Any of several fastenings.
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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.

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(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.
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A passionate embrace.
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Origin of clinch

  • Variant of clench

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arisen from clench in XVI century.

    From Wiktionary