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clink1 / klingk/ • n. a sharp ringing sound, such as that made when metal or glass are struck: a clink of keys | the clink of ice in tall glasses. • v. [intr.] make such a sound: his ring clinked against the crystal | [as n.] (clinking) the clinking of glasses | [as adj.] (clinking) clinking chains. ∎  [tr.] cause (something) to make such a sound: I heard Suzie clink a piece of crockery. ∎  [tr.] strike (a glass or glasses) with another to express friendly feelings toward one's companions before drinking. clink2 • n. [in sing.] inf. prison: he was put in the clink for six days.

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clink

clink 1 make a sharp metallic sound. XIV. prob. — (M)Du. klinken sound, ring, rel. to MLG., (M)Du. klank sound (Cf. CLANK), and parallel to OHG. klank (G. klang); Cf. CLANG.
Hence clink sb. XIV.

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Clink

Clink, district in Southwark, a Greater London borough, England. The Clink prison was used from the 13th cent. as a detention place for heretics. Its name is now a slang term for a prison or jail.

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clink

clink an informal word for prison, recorded from the early 16th century and originally denoting a particular prison in Southwark, London.

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clink

clink 2 name of a prison in Southwark; (gen.) prison. XVI. of unkn. orig.

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clink

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