Pronunciation: (klench), [key]
1. to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
2. to grasp firmly; grip.
3. clinch (def. 1).
4. clinch (defs. 2–4).
to close or knot up tightly: His hands clenched as he faced his enemy.
1. the act of clenching.
2. a tight hold; grip.
3. something that clenches or holds fast.
4. clinch (defs. 9, 11, 12).
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