Clinch. n.s. [from the verb.]
- 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.
- That part of the cable which is fastened to the ring of the anchor.