Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from clench


1 verb
1 [transitive] to finally agree on something or get something after trying very hard:
a young salesman eager to clinch the deal
clinch a match/championship/victory etc
A last-minute touchdown clinched the game.

clinch it

informal if an event, situation, process etc clinches it, it makes someone finally decide to do something that they were already thinking of doing:
We'd talked about moving, and the burglary clinched it for us.
3 [intransitive] if two people clinch, they hold each other's arms tightly, especially when fighting

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