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Definition of clinch:

  1. A hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to the ringbolts.
  2. A pun.
  3. The act or process of holding fast; that which serves to hold fast; a grip; a grasp; a clamp; a holdfast; as, to get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon; to secure anything by a clinch.
  4. To bend or turn over the point of ( something that has been driven through an object), so that it will hold fast; as, to clinch a nail.
  5. To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another.
  6. To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly.
  7. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument.
  8. To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first.

Synonyms:

squeeze, secure, close, squeezing, clutch, confirm, clench, squeeze play, hold, grip, enfold, embosom, decide, touch, credit crunch, liquidity crisis, wring, power play, bosom, press, embrace, grasp, clutches, hug.

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