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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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|Adj.||1.||clenched - closed or squeezed together tightly; "a clenched fist"; "his clenched (or clinched) teeth"|
tight - closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest"
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