Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who clenches, or that which is used for clenching, as a cramp or piece of iron bent down to fasten anything.
- n. A tool used for clenching or bending over the point of a nail, to prevent its withdrawal.
- n. A retort or reply so decisive as to close a controversy; an unanswerable argument: as, the bishop's letter is a clencher.
“The real clencher is whether the characters/story ring true.”
“The clencher was the store clerk's reference to the year of the dragon.”
“This is so late, but I have to tell you as a fellow teeth-clencher -- do wear your bite guard at night.”
“Apparently the idea arose after having a few drinks with Jimbo Wales, which is the clencher for a good social web story.”
“So the Democrats are saying they think that they are -- they don't think that John McCain's presence or Obama's presence will be the significant deal-clencher.”
“Evidently I'm a grinder or a clencher, or something of that order.”
“Now here is the clencher -- or it would seem to be.”
“To-morrow we make an important revelation concerning the character of Clayton, and we want to follow it up the morning after by a cartoon that will be a stunner, a clencher.”
“He would wind up a peroration by dashing his nightcap passionately against the wall, by way of clencher to the argument.”
“This was a clencher, and the nail of conviction was driven home to the hearts of the judges.”
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