Now, the likelihood that any candidate will clinch the nomination before late May or even June seems increasingly distant.
The Rabin government went on to clinch a first-ever peace deal with the Palestinians.
Romney ran away with the Sunshine State, but did he clinch the nomination?
Mitt Romney is expected to clinch the Republican nomination, but does it even matter?
But still no candidate will have enough delegates to clinch the nomination.
"I think he said something about a breakfast," meekly interposed Mr. clinch.
She even added, to clinch it, "What on earth can they see in each other?"
The appeals of Confucius to the wisdom of the ancients are always quoted to clinch this suggestion.
The lady hadn't made a murmur, and she hadn't slacked her clinch.
Between them there was a very beautiful valley, through which flows the clinch River.
1560s, "clasp, interlock," especially with a bent nail, variant of clench. The sense of "settle decisively" is first recorded 1716, from the notion of "clinching" the point of a nail to keep it fast. Boxing sense is from 1860. Related: Clinched; clinching.
1620s, "method of fastening," from clinch (v.). Meaning "a fastening by bent nail" is from 1650s. In pugilism, from 1875.
[fr the bending over, clinching, of the point of a nail to ensure it does not pull out; ultimately fr clench]