clench vs clinch : Common Errors in English

clench or clinch

“Clench” and “clinch” are related words, but they are not interchangeable. You clench a fist or teeth.You clinch a deal or a victory. A reliable person comes through in the clinch. Bent-over nails are sometimes said to be clenched, but are more often clinched.
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  • n  a small slip noose made with seizing
  • n  the act of grasping
  • v  hold in a tight grasp
    clench a steering wheel
  • v  squeeze together tightly
    clench one's jaw

  • n  (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  • n  a small slip noose made with seizing
  • n  the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
  • n  a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
  • n  a tight or amorous embrace
  • v  secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
    The girder was clinched into the wall
  • v  hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
  • v  hold in a tight grasp
  • v  embrace amorously
  • v  flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
    the nails were clinched
  • v  settle conclusively
    clinch a deal
News & Articles

  • Braves fans ready for team run at the Playoffs
    The magic number for the Atlanta Braves to clench the National League East is 10. Their latest game is against New York Mets at Turner Field this afternoon.
    Sept. 4, 2013 - FOX 5 Atlanta
  • Today's Dumbass: Drunk Guy Has To Crap, Causes Major Traffic Jam
    Credit: Getty Images We can't fault a guy for taking desperate measures (specifically, taking a dump) in desperate times. Sometimes you get sick in a car without any restrooms nearby, and just can't clench that sphincter tight enough. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Kevin Nam, a stomachache struck in one of the country's most heavily-guarded traffic hubs. [...]
    June 24, 2013 - MTV

  • Kernels use big 8th to clinch playoff spot
    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are bound for the postseason. The Byron Buxton-led Kernels (40-24) scored eight runs in the eighth inning to beat Quad Cities 12-4 and clinch a Midwest League playoff spot.
    June 13, 2013 - The Gazette
  • Basketball-Panathinaikos clinch title after rival fans riot
    ATHENS, June 12 (Reuters) - Panathinaikos clinched Greece's A1 League basketball title on Wednesday after game three of the playoff final against arch rivals Olympiakos Piraeus was stopped due to crowd violence. The match was later abandoned after a group of home Olympiakos fans refused to leave the arena. Having taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, Panathinaikos were leading the match ...
    June 12, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • Washington DC Eye Surgeons Use New Laser Technology for More Precise Cataract Surgery
    Drs. Thomas Clinch and Paul Kang, Washington, DC cataract surgeons, have adopted an innovative cataract surgery technique. Their private practice, Eye Doctors of Washington, recently acquired the LenSx® ...
    June 12, 2013 - Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance