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  • 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...

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