- 1Confirm or settle (a contract or bargain): the Texan wanted to impress him to clinch a business dealMore example sentences
- After some haggling I clinched the bargain and drove away.
- After much examination and a few rounds of long meadow, the bargain was clinched for £120 pounds.
- Analysts say the Lockheed design may have clinched the contract for the company.
- 1.1Conclusively settle (an argument or debate): these findings clinched the matterMore example sentences
- At the end of it all, the moral argument that clinches the debate for me is that capital punishment is effectively society's revenge.
- The argument that clinched the debate, both in Whitby and in Toledo, was the ‘Roman-ness’ and universality of an authoritative tradition.
- It would be dangerous to view the dossier as having clinched the argument for war.
- 1.2Confirm the winning or achievement of (a match, competition, or victory): Johnson scored the goals which clinched victoryMore example sentences
- The winning golden goal to clinch the match 2-1 in extra time was scored by Ahn Jung-hwan, who plays for Italian team Perugia.
- Then nippy forward Julianne O'Connell struck with a great goal which clinched victory for her team and a place in the final.
- Mobbed by joyous teammates, this goal clinched victory for Ilkley from the jaws of defeat.
- 2 [no object] Grapple at close quarters, especially (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows.More example sentences
- He would stay close enough to always clinch as soon as Rahman set to punch.
- By clinching with Frazier, Ali prevented further damage.
- Heavyweights throw like one-two-three punches and grab and clinch and grab and clinch.
- 3Secure (a nail or rivet) by driving the point sideways when it has penetrated.More example sentences
- After the shoe is nailed on, bring the foot out in front of the horse and put it on a stand or on your knee so you can clinch the nail.
- To clinch the nail, it is necessary to hold a heavy metal block against the rib and drive the nail home against this.
- 3.1Fasten (a rope or angling line) with a clinch knot.More example sentences
- Yeah, the boats weren't clinched down quite tight enough.
- This will help the knot clinch down properly and keep it from pulling out or breaking from the spool.
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- 1A struggle or scuffle at close quarters: breaking from a clinch, he crossed with his rightMore example sentences
- He looked like he was losing that fight from the way I remember it, slipping to the canvas several times out of clinches.
- Neither guy tried to make a war out of it and just practiced their moves and showed their professionalism in the clinches.
- Ortega's best work through the middle of the bout came from manhandling his opponent in clinches.
- 1.1An embrace, especially an amorous one: we went into a passionate clinch on the sofaMore example sentences
- Audiences were engrossed by Gilbert and Garbo's off-screen romance after seeing their passionate clinches in The Flesh and the Devil.
- It would have to be Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling in a passionate clinch on the wet sand in From Here To Eternity.
- In fact, Derek and his terrified party hadn't stumbled on a poltergeist, but a couple in a passionate clinch who hadn't heard the ghoul-hunting crowd creep up on them.
- 2 (also clinch knot) A knot used to fasten ropes or angling lines, using a half hitch with the end seized back on its own part.More example sentences
- The experienced anglers captured the attention of young boys by showing them fishing techniques, including how to tie the perfect clinch knot.
- I looked up from the tedious chore of wrapping the improved clinch knot and saw Frazier playing a keeper speckled trout.
late 16th century (in the senses 'something that grips' and 'fix securely'): variant of clench.