Definition of clincher in English:



  • A fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively.

    ‘Sixsmith scored the clincher after 81 minutes’
    • ‘And then he puts the clincher on the matter when he states: ‘Reason cannot answer.’’
    • ‘Last week he missed a penalty and this week he scores the second goal that is probably the clincher.’
    • ‘The thrust of the argument is best wrapped up in the following clincher.’
    • ‘But the money would not, in itself, be the clincher.’
    • ‘It was a gamble that paid off in the most golden of coinage when Fletcher netted the play-off clincher four minutes later.’
    • ‘He sent over three magnificent points from play, one the clincher to finally end Dublin's hopes, and his link-up play was top drawer.’
    • ‘The players were spurred on and in the remaining 16 minutes displayed tremendous aggression in their approach for a goal clincher.’
    • ‘The veteran frontman got the clincher with a typical effort in the 51st minute to kill off the Highlanders’ challenge.’
    • ‘Don't yell at me for telling you this either, it isn't the clincher of the movie, it happens in the first ten minutes and it is ok that you find out before seeing the movie.’
    • ‘The clincher is that US citizens could have had access to this drug sooner, if the medical establishment hadn't assumed a ‘why bother’ attitude.’
    • ‘All facts aside, the real clincher is this: what exactly is the alternative?’
    • ‘There was no more than a frame in it until the clincher.’
    • ‘All that was left was for French to show his enduring sprightliness with the clincher 11 minutes from time.’
    • ‘Anderson secured the clincher in 73 minutes, his accurate header from Aitken's cross bringing a happy end to a day of mixed emotions.’
    • ‘Three big hacks later he had crossed the line at the other end to score what turned out to be the clincher.’
    • ‘And then came the clincher: ‘Almost every year someone takes us to court.’’
    • ‘We've seen it, we've smelt it, we understand it and it was the clincher in the end.’
    • ‘And then there's the clincher: the fact that Lee just happens to own the painting in question.’
    • ‘This book - another in the long line of fabulous limited edition books from Genesis Publications - is the clincher in that very argument.’
    • ‘Yet sleep is likely to be the clincher when it comes to the show's future - can Parker and Nixon sustain gruelling filming schedules while raising families?’