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[klin-cher] /ˈklɪn tʃər/
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.
Origin of clincher
1485-95; variant of Middle English clencher (clench + -er1) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That, coupled with the ankle strap, really seemed to be the clincher for sport sandal success.
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  • 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.
  • But the real clincher was that nearly all the airlines it was buying into were in deep difficulties.
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  • There is something to such arguments, but none is a clincher.
  • The clincher for this is in the related studies that compare life expectancy in different countries by age group.
  • The clincher is that the hole sits in a rille, a sinuous, snaking gully in the lunar surface.
  • The real clincher is the coincident numeric value of the flattening.
British Dictionary definitions for clincher


(informal) something decisive, such as a fact, score, etc
a person or thing that clinches
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Word Origin and History for clincher

early 14c., "person or thing that clinches" (i.e., secures nails by bending down or riveting the pointed end), late 15c. as a class of shipyard worker; agent noun from clinch (v.). As a type of nail, from 1735; as a conclusive statement, argument, etc., 1737.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clincher



The deciding or conclusive element; the BOTTOM LINE: One smudged fingerprint was the clincher (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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