16th-century alteration of clench. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /klɪntʃ/

clinch (clinches, present participle clinching; past and past participle clinched)

  1. To clasp; to interlock. [1560s]
  2. To make certain; to finalize. [1716]
    I already planned to buy the car, but the color was what really clinched it for me.
  3. To fasten securely or permanently.
  4. To bend and hammer the point of (a nail) so it cannot be removed. [17th century]
  5. To embrace passionately.
  6. To hold firmly; to clench.
    • Clinch the pointed spear.
  7. To set closely together; to close tightly.
    to clinch the teeth or the fist
Synonyms Translations
  • French: agrafer
  • Russian: сда́вливать

clinch (plural clinches)

  1. Any of several fastenings.
  2. 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
  3. (obsolete) A pun.
  4. (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.
  5. A passionate embrace.
    • 2015, Judith Arnold, Moondance
      More likely, he was letting her know that his visit this morning was not going to end in a clinch—or something steamier. It was going to be about sitting at a table, drinking coffee and talking.
  6. In combat sports, the act of one or both fighters holding onto the other to prevent being hit or engage in standup grappling.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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