Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clenchen, prop. causative of clink, to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D. klinken, to tinkle, rivet. See Clink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Causal form of klink, to strike smartly; Dut. and Ger. klinken, to rivet a bolt.
I felt my tongue freezing, my teeth clinched.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
She sat rigid and pale, her hands clinching the arms of her chair.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
A gasp showed he was hit; then he clinched my throat once more.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
She hoped that he could not see that her hands were clinched.
"Katrine" by Elinor Macartney Lane
His hands rested clinched on the desk before him, while his eyes stared vacantly at the cluster of electric lights overhead.
"The Inner Shrine" by Basil King
He had no mind to let his adversary clinch again if he could help it.
"The Boy Allies Under the Sea" by Robert L. Drake
For long moments the clinch of the fighting men remained unbroken.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
After a moment he drew a quiet breath, his clinched hands relaxed, and he picked up his hat and gloves.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
He swayed a little, but rose and fell into a clinch which saved him.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Her hand lay clinched tightly on the seat beside her.
"An Unpardonable Liar" by Gilbert Parker
Two ships, alone in sky and sea,
Hang clinched, with crash and roar;
There is but one—whiche'er it be—
Will ever come to shore.
"The Trumpeter" by Helen Gray Cone
Mehemet Ali stroked his beard;
His lips were clinched and his look was weird;
Round him were ranks of his ragged folk,
Their faces blackened with blood and smoke.
"The Last Redoubt" by Alfred Austin
Well then, speak up, never flinch!
Quick, ere my candle's a snuff
—-Burnt, do you see? to its uttermost inch—-
I believe in you, but that's not enough:
Give my conviction a clinch!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
And, if I placed my hand below
Her chin and raised her face an inch,
and then proceeded -- well, you know,--
(Excuse the vulgarism) -- to clinch;
It would be wrong without a doubt,
That is, if anyone found out.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
The Yankees clinched a playoff spot last night with a close 6-5 victory over the Angels.
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President Obama will clinch renomination Tuesday, but it may not be unanimous.
The Orioles were one win away from winning the series when they dropped the final three games, including the series-clinching game, 4-1.
Calvert downs rival Hopewell-Loudon to clinch playoff spot.
Clinching the Case from the March 13, 1986 issue.
The Braves have clinched a playoff spot after a Freddie Freeman walk off during.
Schiavone rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set and took the clinching tiebreaker.
The team that wins this game will clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Clayton runs to second place finish, downs Knightdale Clayton clinches second place finish in conference.
Monica Seles celebrates her Fed Cup match-clinching 6-4, 6-0 victory over Anna Smashnova on Sunday.
Hanover Area clinches Division II championship with win over Sem .
Steve Blake and Brandon Roy shaved their beards after the Blazers clinched a playoff spot.
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Minnesota Twins' Pat Neshek celebrates after clinching the American League Central division Tuesday, Sept 21, 2010, in Minneapolis.
It is arguably this equivalence that was instrumental in clinching the picture of black hole thermodynamics.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
The detection of solid-state absorption features (e.g., the 10 µm silicate band) would also clinch the case for dust.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
However this canonical model mostly rests on circumstantial evidence and it is highly desirable to ﬁnd the smoking gun that would clinch the issue.
High Energy Astrophysics