verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of clinch
Related formsclinch·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedclench clinch
Examples from the Web for clinch
Only the finest vintages and producers will clinch the deal.
The Rabin government went on to clinch a first-ever peace deal with the Palestinians.
Obama is still not likely to win Texas in November, but his strong performance has helped him clinch the next few news cycles.Mitt Romney Clinches GOP Nomination & More Texas Primary Results|Ben Jacobs|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mitt Romney is expected to clinch the Republican nomination, but does it even matter?Meghan McCain: Is It Too Late for Mitt Romney and Republicans?|Meghan McCain|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The delegate race will slog on, until Mitt can clinch 1,144—a goal that is still months away.Mitt Romney Romps in Illinois, But the Long Race Continues|John Avlon|March 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He could see the magnate of Pinchbrook start, compress his lips and clinch his fists, when he found the bird had flown.The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army|Oliver Optic
Clinch, now slightly intoxicated, leaned heavily on the pantry shelf beside Smith, adjusting his pistol under his suspenders.
In Richmond there was a calm and thankful feeling that the first clinch of the deadly tug had resulted in advantage.Four Years in Rebel Capitals|T. C. DeLeon
One may break away and run a few yards to get a fresh start, or clinch, or catch as catch can.Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains|[AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
Clinch, his powerful arm closing her shoulders, looked dully at the jewels.
British Dictionary definitions for clinch
- a nail with its point bent over
- the part of such a nail, etc, that has been bent over