Clink meaning

klĭngk
A prison or a prison cell; a jail.

Spent the night in the clink.

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To make or cause to make a slight, sharp sound, as of glasses striking together.
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Such a sound.
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A jail; prison.
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(onomatopoeia) The sound of metal on metal, or glass on glass.

You could hear the clink of the glasses from the next room.

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(slang) Jail or prison, after the Clink prison in Southwark, London. Used in the phrase in the clink.

If he keeps doing things like that, he’s sure to end up in the clink.

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Stress cracks produced in metal ingots as they cool after being cast.
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To make a clinking sound; to make a sound of metal on metal or glass on glass; to strike materials such as metal or glass against one another.

The hammers clinked on the stone all night.

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(humorous, dated) To rhyme.
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To make or cause to make a light, sharp ringing sound.

Clinked their wineglasses together in a toast.

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A light, sharp ringing sound, as of glass or metal.
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Origin of clink

  • Middle English clinken probably from Middle Dutch klinken of imitative origin

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

  • After Clink , a district of London famous for its prison

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

  • In the sense of “jail”, from the Clink prison in Southwark, London, itself presumably named after sound of doors being bolted or chains rattling.

    From Wiktionary

  • Onomatpoeic, as metal against metal.

    From Wiktionary