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Clinch (verb)

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To Clinch. v.a. [clẏniʒa, Sax. to knock, Junius. Clingo, in Festus, to encompass, Minshew.]

  1. To hold in the hand with the fingers bent over it.

            Simois rowls the bodies and the shields
    Of heroes, whose dismember'd hands yet bear
    The dart aloft, and clinch the pointed spear.
    Dryd. Virg. Æn.

  2. To contract or double the fingers.

    Their tallest trees are about seven feet high, the tops whereof I could but just reach with my fist clinched. Swift.

  3. To bend the point of a nail in the other side.

  4. To confirm; to fix; as, to clinch an argument.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Junius, Francis (23) · Minsheu, John (8) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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