Definition of clincher in English:



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

    ‘Sixsmith scored the clincher after 81 minutes’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Anderson secured the clincher in 73 minutes, his accurate header from Aitken's cross bringing a happy end to a day of mixed emotions.’
    • ‘And then he puts the clincher on the matter when he states: ‘Reason cannot answer.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've seen it, we've smelt it, we understand it and it was the clincher in the end.’
    • ‘The veteran frontman got the clincher with a typical effort in the 51st minute to kill off the Highlanders’ challenge.’
    • ‘Last week he missed a penalty and this week he scores the second goal that is probably the clincher.’
    • ‘All facts aside, the real clincher is this: what exactly is the alternative?’
    • ‘The thrust of the argument is best wrapped up in the following clincher.’
    • ‘The players were spurred on and in the remaining 16 minutes displayed tremendous aggression in their approach for a goal clincher.’
    • ‘There was no more than a frame in it until the clincher.’
    • ‘And then came the clincher: ‘Almost every year someone takes us to court.’’
    • ‘All that was left was for French to show his enduring sprightliness with the clincher 11 minutes from time.’
    • ‘But the money would not, in itself, be the clincher.’
    • ‘Three big hacks later he had crossed the line at the other end to score what turned out to be the clincher.’
    • ‘And then there's the clincher: the fact that Lee just happens to own the painting in question.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This book - another in the long line of fabulous limited edition books from Genesis Publications - is the clincher in that very argument.’