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grip tightly: Clench the tool firmly in your hand.; bring together, as teeth: She spoke through clenched teeth.
Not to be confused with:
clinch – secure; settle: clinch the deal; hold, as in boxing: The fighters were in a clinch.
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tr.v. clenched, clench·ing, clench·es
1. To close tightly: clench one's teeth; clenched my fists in anger.
2. To grasp or grip tightly: clenched the steering wheel.
3. To clinch (a bolt, for example).
1. A tight grip or grasp.
2. Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
[Middle English clenchen, from Old English -clencan (in beclencan, to hold fast).]
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1. to close or squeeze together (the teeth, a fist, etc) tightly
2. to grasp or grip firmly
3. a firm grasp or grip
4. (Tools) a device that grasps or grips, such as a clamp
another word for clinch
[Old English beclencan, related to Old High German klenken to tie, Middle High German klank noose, Dutch klinken rivet]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
2. to grasp firmly; grip.
4. to close or knot up tightly.n.
5. the act of clenching.
6. a tight hold; grip.
7. something that clenches or holds fast.
[1200–50; Middle English; compare Old English beclencan to hold fast]
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Past participle: clenched
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|Noun||1.||clench - a small slip noose made with seizing|
double clinch - a clinch with two loops
inside clinch - a clinch with the end of the line inside the loop
running noose, slip noose, noose - a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
outside clinch - a clinch with the end of the line outside the loop
|2.||clench - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"|
choke hold, chokehold - a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind; "he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"
embrace, embracement, embracing - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
prehension, taking hold, grasping, seizing - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
wrestling hold - a hold used in the sport of wrestling
|Verb||1.||clench - hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel"|
|2.||clench - squeeze together tightly; "clench one's jaw"|
grit - clench together; "grit one's teeth"
squeeze - press firmly; "He squeezed my hand"
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kreppa; herpa saman, bíta
clench[klentʃ] VT [+ teeth] → apretar; [+ fist] → cerrar
to clench sth in one's hands → apretar algo en las manos
the clenched fist → el puño cerrado
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to close tightly together. He clenched his teeth/fist. kram, vasklem قَبَضَ بِشِدَّه стискам cerrar zatnout zusammenpressen, ...ballen bide sammen; knytte σφίγγωapretar kokku suruma به هم فشردن puristaa yhteen serrer לִסגוֹר कस कर पकड़ना stsak, stiskanje összeszorít mengatupkan kreppa; herpa saman, bíta stringere かたく結ぶ 꽉 쥐다, 악물다 sugniaužti, sukąsti sažņaugt; cieši satvert mengetap dichtklemmen bite sammen, knytte, knuge zaciskać موټى، موټ كول (لكه دلاس): ټينګ نيول cerrar a strânge стискивать; сжимать zovrieť stisniti stisnuti bita ihop, knyta [näven], gripa hårt om ทำให้ติดกันแน่น sıkıca kapamak 握緊 стискувати بھینچنا ، تھامنا siết chặt 握紧
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clenchvt (teeth, fist) apretar fuerte (los dientes, el puño)
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