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  1. present participle of clinch


clinching (not comparable)

  1. That settles something (such as an argument) definitely and conclusively
    • 1872, Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree, Part 2, Chapter 8,[1]
      “Yes,” said Dick, with such a clinching period at the end that it seemed he was never going to add another word.
    • 1921, Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Imogen” in Collected Poems, lines 113-119,[2]
      There were no dreams,
      No phantoms in her future any more:
      One clinching revelation of what was
      One by-flash of irrevocable chance,
      Had acridly but honestly foretold
      The mystical fulfilment of a life
      That might have once … But that was all gone by
    • 1960, “Breaking the Fast,” Time, 22 February, 1960,[3]
      He shocked his hearers by urging them not to fast during Ramadan, which begins Feb. 29. As a clinching argument, Bourguiba recalled that even Mohammed, when inconveniently overtaken by Ramadan on his march to Mecca, counseled his soldiers: “Break the fast, and you will be stronger to confront the enemy.”