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Clench versus Clinch – KD Did It Edits

I encountered a sentence that included “but that clenches it for me”, and this use of clench bothered me.

It turns out that while clench and clinch are considerably interchangeable with both which means to carry tight, clench is extra limited to grabbing something or tightening a part of one’s body. Clinch, however, is more numerous with literal and figurative meanings. And that signifies that the next definitions and examples will hold to those restrictions (Nichol).

Merriam-Webster goes on to note that “a preference has developed for certain senses of clench and clinch, so substituting the words willy-nilly is cautioned against”.

After clinching the win, he clenched his medal.

This implies clench is most popular for context during which to hold quick, closing or holding tight, or grasp tightly is meant (this consists of clenching one’s tooth) while clinch is most popular for “winning” moments, whether or not this is in boxing, different sports, business, politics, or knots in addition to these passionate moments. Each are nonetheless acceptable in referring to fastening with nails, screws, and so on.

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Clench Clinch
Credit to: Apple; clench and clinch; Oxford Dictionaries: clench; The Free Dictionary: clench nail

Scorpion and Clenched Fist motif as seen on a brigader cap badge was used by sculptor Charlie Carter for the memorial.

Scorpion and Clenched Fist by IBMT is in the public area, by way of Flickr.

Jeez, I’d clench my fist on a scorpion too!

Two men in khaki T-shirts have wrapped their arms around each other's neck

Muay Thai Clinch by Lance Cpl. Wayne C. Edmiston is within the public area, by way of Wikimedia Commons.

Part of Grammar:
Noun, singular;
Verb, intransitive & transitive

Plural for the noun and third individual present verb: clenches
Past tense or past participle: clenched
Gerund or current participle: clenching

Alternate spelling: clinch*

Verb, intransitive & transitive

Plural for the noun and third individual present verb: clinches
Past tense or past participle: clinched
Gerund or present participle: clinching

Alternate spelling: clench*

* These alternate spellings are only applicable to fastening with nails, screws, rivets, and so on.
A contraction or tightening of a part of the physique

The act of clenching

One thing that clenches or holds fast

[Boxing] An act or instance of one or both boxers holding the other concerning the arms or physique with a view to forestall or hinder the opponent’s punches

A clenched nail or fastening

The bent part of a clenched nail, screw, and so forth.

[With reference to the fingers or hand] Shut into a decent ball, especially when feeling excessive anger

  • [With reference to the teeth] Press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or willpower or so as to suppress a robust emotion

Verb, intransitive:
[With reference to the fingers or hand] Close into a decent ball, especially when feeling excessive anger

  • [Of a muscular part of the body] Tighten or contract sharply, particularly with robust emotion

To shut or knot up tightly

Verb, transitive:
Grasp (something) tightly, particularly with the arms or between the tooth

  • Grip
  • A device that grasps or grips
[Boxing] An act or instance of 1 or both boxers holding the other concerning the arms or physique so as to forestall or hinder the opponent’s punches

  • An embrace, especially an amorous one

The act of clinching

A clinched nail or fastening

The bent a part of a clinched nail, screw, and so on.

A knot or bend by which a bight or eye is made by making a loop or flip in the rope and seizing the top to the standing part

  • A knot used to fasten a rope to a hoop or cringle, utilizing a half hitch with the top seized again on its own half

[Nautical] A hitch or bend by which a rope is made quick to the ring of an anchor or the breeching of a ship’s gun to the ringbolts
[Archaic] A pun

Verb, intransitive:
[Boxing] Grapple at shut quarters, especially (of boxers) in order to be too intently engaged for full-arm blows

  • [Slang; of two people] Embrace, particularly passionately

[Of a clinched nail, screw, etc.] To carry quick

Verb, transitive:
Affirm or settle (a contract or discount)

  • To settle (a matter) decisively
  • [Sports] Affirm the profitable or achievement of (a recreation, competition, or victory)

Safe (a nail, screw, rivet, and so on.) by driving the purpose sideways when it has penetrated and beating down the protruding level

[Nautical; Angling] Fasten (a rope or fishing line) with a clinch knot

She saw the anger rise, noticed the clench of his fists.

The creases in her face deepened as his frown was a clench.

It had not helped, even with the burning clench of his muscle tissue or the adrenaline coursing via his body.

I seemed away from Matt as I felt a clench in my chest.

Copper clench nails are driven via the wooden planking of boats, then bent over to hold.

The handles on steamer trunks are sometimes hooked up with clenched nails.

Good clenches embrace clamps, pliers, and wrenches.

Ideally, the clench position of the nail ought to protrude about ¼” from the wood.

Verb, intransitive:
John’s proper hand clenched into a fist.

Her tooth clenched in anger.

Mark felt his stomach clench in alarm.

His palms clenched as he confronted his enemy.

A small, black satchel lay over his left shoulder, and a Four-foot lengthy picket employees was clenched firmly in his right paw.

“The nails that passed through the door or shutter were clenched or doubled over flush with the wood on the back of the stile” (Garvin).

Verb, transitive:
She clenched her fists, struggling for management.

He clenched the steering wheel so onerous that the automotive wobbled.

Enough of the point of the nail protruding from the wooden is needed to clench it over the wood.

The boxers have been in a clinch.

Most referees permit boxers to struggle their means out of a clinch however might intervene if the period of the clinch becomes too lengthy.

We went right into a passionate clinch on the sofa.

In recent times, the improved clinch knot has turn into most popular by anglers over the clinch knot.

Shoe tacks are a kind of clinch previously used for handmade footwear.

Ideally, the clinch place of the nail ought to protrude about ¼” from the wooden.

A clinch was used to regulate the recoil of guns in motion (Masefield).

Not strictly a knot, the clinch has a number of other names, including throat seizing, pigtail, and seized spherical turn (Blandford).

“Here one poor word a hundred clinches makes.” – Alexander Pope.

Verb, intransitive:
The boxers clinched and have been separated by the referee.

His wife and her husband have been discovered clinching.

The point of the nail can also be typically clinched after driving to stop pulling out.

Clinch and get an anchor all clear to put out astern (
De Reynold-Chauvancy).

“The cocktail circuit is a constant and more contracts are clinched over pâté than over paper.” – Ann L. Trebbe.

Verb, transitive:
The company’s survival trusted clinching this enterprise deal.

These findings clinched the matter.

After they clinched the deal, they went out to have fun.

His workforce clinched the title.

He drove the nails by means of the board and clinched the points flat with a hammer.

Clinch the fishing line to the fishing lure.

Clinch the cable on.

Adjective: clenched
Verb: unclench
Noun: clincher, clinching
Verb: unclinch
Historical past of the Phrase:
Previous English, in the sense of clinch which means repair securely is of Germanic origin and related to cling.

By the 19th century, clench turned most popular because the term when referring to the fingers or hand.

Previous English, within the sense of fix securely, which is of Germanic origin and associated to cling.

By the late 16th century, in the senses of one thing that grips and repair securely, as a variant of clench with clinch the more standard time period.

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Blandford, Perry W. Practical Knots and Ropework. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 2012.

Nichol, Mark. “Clench vs. Clinch“. Every day Writing Ideas. n.d. Net. 10 June 2019. .

De Reynold-Chauvancy, Charles. Simpkinson, F.G. (Ed.) Reynold’s Code: Polyglot nautical telegraph. Whitefish, Montana: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010.

Garvin, James L. A Building History of Northern New England. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2002.

Masefield, John. Now That You Asked: Nelson’s Navy. Tucson, Arizona: Fireship Press, 2010.

“‘Clench’ vs. ‘Clinch’: Which Is Victorious?”. Merriam-Webster. n.d. Net. 10 June 2019. .

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