1. (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily (synset 100060548)
  2. A small slip noose made with seizing (synset 103046969)
  3. The flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet (synset 103046814)
  4. A device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together (synset 103040851)
  5. A tight or amorous embrace (synset 100418872)
    "come here and give me a big hug"
  1. Secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts (synset 201347585)
    "The girder was clinched into the wall"
  2. Hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches (synset 201575974)
  3. Hold in a tight grasp (synset 201575809)
    "clench a steering wheel"
  4. Embrace amorously (synset 201427518)
  5. Flatten the ends (of nails and rivets) (synset 201347430)
    "the nails were clinched"
  6. Settle conclusively (synset 200765758)
    "clinch a deal"

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