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Clinch (noun)

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Clinch. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. A word used in a double meaning; a pun; an ambiguity; a duplicity of meaning, with an identity of expression.

    Such as they are, I hope they will prove, without a clinch, luciferous searching after the nature of light. Boyle.

    Pure clinches the suburbian muse affords,
    And Panton waging harmless war with words.
    Dryden.

    Here one poor word a hundred clinches makes. Pope.

  2. That part of the cable which is fastened to the ring of the anchor.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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