clinch

When you clinch something, you confirm it, the way you clinch a deal with your brother to trade chores next week by shaking hands on it.

The verb clinch arose as a variation of clench, and its original meaning was "fix securely (a driven nail) by bending and beating it back." Out of this sense of securing something physically came the figurative meaning of settling or securing an argument, deal, or bargain. You can also use it as a noun to mean "an embrace or close scuffle," like when a boxing referee pulls fighters out of a clinch.

Definitions of clinch
  1. verb
    secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
    “The girder was clinched into the wall”
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  2. verb
    flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
    “the nails were clinched
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  3. noun
    the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
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    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  4. verb
    settle conclusively
    clinch a deal”
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    determine, settle, square off, square up
    settle conclusively; come to terms
  5. verb
    hold in a tight grasp
    synonyms: clench
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  6. verb
    embrace amorously
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    bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze
    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
  7. verb
    hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
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    hold, take hold
    have or hold in one's hands or grip
  8. noun
    a tight or amorous embrace
    synonyms: hug, squeeze
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    embrace, embracement, embracing
    the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
  9. noun
    (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
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    evasive action, maneuver, manoeuvre
    an action aimed at evading an opponent
  10. noun
    a small slip noose made with seizing
    synonyms: clench
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    double clinch
    a clinch with two loops
    inside clinch
    a clinch with the end of the line inside the loop
    outside clinch
    a clinch with the end of the line outside the loop
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    noose, running noose, slip noose
    a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
  11. noun
    a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
    synonyms: clamp
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    bench clamp
    a clamp used to hold work in place on a workbench
    C-clamp
    a clamp in the shape of the letter C
    cramp
    a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
    pipe clamp, pipe vise
    a clamp for holding pipe that is to be cut or threaded
    press
    clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
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    holding device
    a device for holding something
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