a person or thing that clinches.
a statement, argument, fact, situation, or the like, that is decisive or conclusive: The heat was the clincher that made us decide to leave the city.
a nail, screw, etc., for clinching.
Automotive. a clincher tire.

Origin of clincher

1485–95; variant of Middle English clencher (clench + -er1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for clincher

culmination, closer, finisher, deathblow, capper

Examples from the Web for clincher

Contemporary Examples of clincher

Historical Examples of clincher

  • The movie-maker was in his element now, delivering the clincher in an argument.

    Reel Life Films

    Samuel Kimball Merwin

  • This proved a clincher, and the lumbermen changed the subject.

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Late in 1813, appeared the “Book of Wonders,” “in five parts,” and it was a clincher.

  • The last remark was intended as a clincher to settle the affair.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • She paused, then, for clincher, threw out: He dines here to-morrow.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for clincher



informal something decisive, such as a fact, score, etc
a person or thing that clinches
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Word Origin and History for clincher

early 14c., "person or thing that clinches" (i.e., secures nails by bending down or riveting the pointed end), late 15c. as a class of shipyard worker; agent noun from clinch (v.). As a type of nail, from 1735; as a conclusive statement, argument, etc., 1737.

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