Now, the likelihood that any candidate will clinch the nomination before late May or even June seems increasingly distant.
Romney ran away with the Sunshine State, but did he clinch the nomination?
This made it much harder for any one candidate to clinch the nomination early.
But still no candidate will have enough delegates to clinch the nomination.
And unless Romney can clinch 1,144 delegates outright—do not ignore Paul.
"I think he said something about a breakfast," meekly interposed Mr. clinch.
Still, as I shook my head dubiously, he hurried on to clinch his point.
The appeals of Confucius to the wisdom of the ancients are always quoted to clinch this suggestion.
Thus the outer end is "bent" by the clinch to the ring of the anchor.
Between them there was a very beautiful valley, through which flows the clinch River.
1560s, "clasp, interlock," especially with a bent nail, variant of clench. The sense of "settle decisively" is first recorded 1716, from the notion of "clinching" the point of a nail to keep it fast. Boxing sense is from 1860. Related: Clinched; clinching.
1620s, "method of fastening," from clinch (v.). Meaning "a fastening by bent nail" is from 1650s. In pugilism, from 1875.
[fr the bending over, clinching, of the point of a nail to ensure it does not pull out; ultimately fr clench]