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Adjective: clinched  klincht
  1. Closed or squeezed together tightly
    "his clinched teeth";
    - clenched
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"

See also: tight

Type of: bosom, clutch, determine, embrace, fasten, fix, hold, hug, prehend [archaic], secure, seize, settle, square off, square up, squeeze, take hold

Encyclopedia: Clinch, Patrick