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Verb: clinch  klinch
  1. Secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
    "The girder was clinched into the wall"
  2. Hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
  3. Hold in a tight grasp
    "clinch a steering wheel";
    - clench
  4. Embrace amorously
  5. Flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
    "the nails were clinched"
  6. Settle conclusively
    "clinch a deal"
Noun: clinch  klinch
  1. (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  2. A small slip noose made with seizing
    - clench
  3. The flattened part of a nail, bolt or rivet
  4. A device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
    - clamp
  5. A tight or amorous embrace
    - hug, squeeze

Derived forms: clinching, clinches, clinched

Type of: bosom, clutch, determine, embrace, embracement, embracing, evasive action, fasten, fastener, fastening, fix, fixing, hold, holdfast, holding device, hug, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], noose, prehend [archaic], running noose, secure, seize, settle, slip noose, square off, square up, squeeze, take hold

Part of: bolt, nail, rivet

Encyclopedia: Clinch, Patrick