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Definition of clinch
verb [with object]
1confirm or settle (a contract or bargain):to clinch a business deal conclusively settle (an argument or debate):these findings clinched the matter confirm the winning or achievement of (a game, competition, or victory):his team clinched the title secure (a nail or rivet) by driving the point sideways when it has penetrated. fasten (a rope or fishing line) with a clinch knot. 2 [no object] grapple at close quarters, especially (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows.
1a struggle or scuffle at close quarters, especially (in boxing) one in which the fighters become too closely engaged for full-arm blows. an embrace, especially an amorous one:we went into a passionate clinch on the sofa 2a knot used to fasten a rope to a ring or cringle, using a half hitch with the end seized back on its own part.