a person or thing that clinches.
a statement, argument, fact, situation, or the like, that is decisive or conclusive: The heat was the clincher that made us decide to leave the city.
a nail, screw, etc., for clinching.
Automotive. a clincher tire.

1485–95; variant of Middle English clencher (clench + -er1) Unabridged
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clincher (ˈklɪntʃə)
1.  informal something decisive, such as a fact, score, etc
2.  a person or thing that clinches

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Word Origin & History

1495, a class of shipyard worker, from clinch. As a type of nail, from 1735; as a conclusive statement, argument, etc., 1737.
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clincher definition

  1. n.
    the final element; the straw that broke the camel's back. (See also capper.) : The clincher was when the clerk turned up the volume.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
That, coupled with the ankle strap, really seemed to be the clincher for sport
  sandal success.
Headsets, cameras or fake body parts fooled the eyes, and synchronous strokes
  and prods added a tactile clincher.
The sparkle of starlight off water could be the clincher for finding oceans on
  extrasolar planets.
And that's the clincher: a lot of the stuff he said wasn't right.
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