clinch: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (klinch), [key]
- to settle (a matter) decisively: After they clinched the deal they went out to celebrate.
- to secure (a nail, screw, etc.) in position by beating down the protruding point: He drove the nails through the board and clinched the points flat with a hammer.
- to fasten (objects) together by nails, screws, etc., secured in this manner.
- to fasten by a clinch.
- to engage in a clinch: The boxers clinched and were separated by the referee.
- to embrace, esp. passionately.
- (of a clinched nail, screw, etc.) to hold fast; be secure.
- the act of clinching.
- an act or instance of one or both boxers holding the other about the arms or body in order to prevent or hinder the opponent's punches.
- a passionate embrace.
- a clinched nail or fastening.
- the bent part of a clinched nail, screw, etc.
- a knot or bend in which a bight or eye is made by making a loop or turn in the rope and seizing the end to the standing part.
- a pun.
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