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1‘a salesman eager to clinch a deal’
secure, settle, conclude, close, pull off, bring off, complete, confirm, seal, set the seal on, finalize, shake hands on, reach an agreement on
informal sew up, wrap up, string, button up
2‘these findings clinched the matter’
settle, decide, determine, establish
informal sort out
3‘his team clinched the title’
win, be the victor in, be the winner of, be victorious in, come first in, finish first in, take first prize in, triumph in, achieve success in, be successful in, prevail in
4‘they clinch every nail they drive in’
secure, fasten, make fast, fix, clamp, bolt, rivet, pinion
5‘there was heavy sparring, then the figures clinched’
grapple, wrestle, struggle with each other, scuffle with each other
grasp each other, clutch each other, grip each other
1‘a passionate clinch’
embrace, hug, cuddle, squeeze, hold, clasp, bear hug
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