clinch (v.) 1560s, "clasp, interlock," variant of CLENCH (Cf. clench). The sense of "settle decisively" is first recorded 1716, from the notion of "clinching" the point of a nail to keep it fast. Boxing sense is from 1860. Related: Clinched; clinching. The noun is from 1620s.

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  • Clinch — is to fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by hammering down or flattening the end that protrudes or the act of fastening together in this way. It can also refer to: A nail or device to hold in this way. Clinching (metalworking) The Clinch …   Wikipedia

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  • clinch — clinch; clinch·er; clinch·ing·ly; un·clinch; …   English syllables

  • clinch — [klɪntʆ] verb [transitive] to finally succeed in getting or winning something: • Advertising creates the interest, but personal selling clinches the deal. * * * clinch UK US /klɪnʃ/ verb [T] ► to get or win something at the end of a long process …   Financial and business terms

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  • Clinch — Clinch, v. i. To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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