clinching


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clinch

 (klĭnch)
v. clinched, clinch·ing, clinch·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To fix or secure (a nail or bolt, for example) by bending down or flattening the pointed end that protrudes.
b. To fasten together in this way.
2. To settle definitely and conclusively; make final: "The cocktail circuit is a constant and more contracts are clinched over pâté than over paper" (Ann L. Trebbe).
3. Sports To secure (a divisional championship, for instance) before the end of regular season play by having an insurmountable lead.
4. To fasten with a clinch knot.
v.intr.
1. To be held together securely.
2. Sports To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to prevent or hinder punches.
3. Slang To embrace amorously.
n.
1. Something, such as a clamp, that clinches.
2. The clinched part of a nail, bolt, or rivet.
3. Sports An act or instance of clinching in boxing.
4. A clinch knot.
5. Slang An amorous embrace.

[Variant of clench.]
Translations

clinching

[ˈklɪntʃɪŋ] ADJ [argument] → decisivo, irrebatible
References in classic literature ?
Jurgis took a step back, clinching his one well fist.
My health is well enough," said Fernand, clinching his hands without raising his head.
Grandfather," cried Charley, clinching his fist, "I would have fought for that poor Quaker woman
All this time Benjamin sat, with his muscles fixed, his mouth shut, and his hands clinching the rushes which he had seized in the confusion of the moment and which, as he held fast, like a true seaman, had been the means of preventing his body from rising again to the surface.
The facts as God knows 'em--may be different--even after the most clinching evidence.
For"' - Kim translated into the vernacular the clinching sentences he had heard in the dressing-room at Umballa - '"For," says He, "we should have done this long ago.