- 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
- s closed or squeezed together tightly
his clenched (or clinched) teeth
- Ryan Gomes in Forbes
I probably (would have played), but since we were in the hunt for a high draft pick, of course things are different,Gomes said. "I understand that. Hopefully things get better. Now that we clinched at least having the second-most balls in...
- Jim Tressel in Chicago Sun-Times
I would think he clinched it,Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes' normally cautious coach, said unequivocally. "I don't think there would be any question about that. He's the best player in college football."
- Aksel Lund Svindal in International Herald Tribune
I could have clinched it in the giant slalom yesterday, but now it was up to Raich and he skied out,Svindal said. "Today I was lucky. It's not luck to get over 1,000 points in the World Cup. But to win by two points after he skis out is...