Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that clinches, as:
  • n. A nail, screw, or bolt for clinching.
  • n. A tool for clinching nails, screws, or bolts.
  • n. Informal A point, fact, or remark that settles something conclusively; a decisive factor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which clinches; that which makes something final or firm.
  • n. A tyre with a bead around the edge to attach to the rim of the wheel when inflated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, clinches; that which holds fast.
  • n. That which ends a dispute or controversy; a decisive argument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See clencher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a point or fact or remark that settles something conclusively
  • n. a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
  • n. an argument that is conclusive

Etymologies

From to clinch + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the field, third baseman Adrian Morales made solid plays in the title clincher, outfielders Whit Merrifield, Evan Marzilli and Jackie Bradley Jr. tracked down everything.

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  • Can't wait to see Ryan score the title clincher v Stoke in front of the Stretford End the week before he flies of to Madrid for the final. this is a big big game so I don't think he should start straight from injury, off the bench maybe .... you know give him a run out when we're 4-0 up: p

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  • The lamb and chicken were as good as any cart in Midtown, and they had the requisite white and red sauces, but the real clincher is the fryer.

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  • But the real deal clincher is that the event is sponsored by a lady called Dee Doocey (pictured), who is apparently a LibDem London Assembly Member.

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  • On top of all that, the clincher is really the safety aspect.

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  • NOTES: The Lakers have won Game 5 the last nine straight times they've reached it in a playoff series, including last season's title clincher over Orlando.

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  • In the 7-0 title clincher against Eaton, Fultz fired a one-hitter and fanned 13.

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  • The rotation also includes Tim Shibuya, who is 12-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 111 innings; Guido Knudson (9-3, 4.09 ERA), who threw a complete-game in the NCAA West Region title clincher against Hawaii Pacific; and Kirby St. John (11-1, 3.92 ERA), who threw a complete game in the CCAA tournament championship.

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  • Butler tries again for Horizon title clincher - The York Daily Record::

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  • Butler tries again for Horizon title clincher:: Seattle Times

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