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clinch / klinch/ • v. [tr.] 1. confirm or settle (a contract or bargain). ∎  conclusively settle (an argument or debate). ∎  confirm the winning or achievement of (a game, competition, or victory): his team clinched the title. ∎  secure (a nail or rivet) by driving the point sideways when it has penetrated. ∎  fasten (a rope or fishing line) with a clinch knot. 2. [intr.] grapple at close quarters, esp. (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows. ∎  (of two people) embrace. • n. 1. a struggle or scuffle at close quarters, esp. (in boxing) one in which the fighters become too closely engaged for full-arm blows. ∎  an embrace, esp. an amorous one. 2. a knot used to fasten a rope to a ring or cringle, using a half hitch with the end seized back on its own part.

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clinch •Romansh •blanch, Blanche, branch, ranch, tranche •avalanche •backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, tench, trench, wench, wrench •crossbench • workbench •cinch, clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch •chaffinch • greenfinch • hawfinch •goldfinch • bullfinch •carte blanche, conch •graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch, staunch •brunch, bunch, crunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, scrunch •honeybunch • keypunch

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clinch var. of CLENCH, now differentiated for certain meanings. XVI.

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