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Definition of clinch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clinch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//klɪntʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪntʃ//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clinch
    BrE BrE//klɪntʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪntʃ//
     
    he / she / it clinches
    BrE BrE//ˈklɪntʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪntʃɪz//
     
    past simple clinched
    BrE BrE//klɪntʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪntʃt//
     
    past participle clinched
    BrE BrE//klɪntʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪntʃt//
     
    -ing form clinching
    BrE BrE//ˈklɪntʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪntʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1clinch something to succeed in achieving or winning something to clinch an argument/a deal/a victory They clinched a place in the semi-finals.
  2. 2clinch something to provide the answer to something; to settle something that was not certain ‘I'll pay your airfare.’ ‘Okay, that clinches it—I'll come with you.’ a clinching argument
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the senses ‘something that grips’ and ‘fix securely’): variant of clench.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clinch

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