"clinches" in the noun sense
boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
2. clinch, clench
a small slip noose made with seizing
the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
4. clamp, clinch
a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
5. hug, clinch, squeeze
a tight or amorous embrace
"come here and give me a big hug"
"clinches" in the verb sense
secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
"The girder was clinched into the wall"
hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
3. clench, clinch
hold in a tight grasp
"clench a steering wheel"
flatten the ends (of nails and rivets
"the nails were clinched"
"clinch a deal"
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