clink

1 [klingk]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or cause to make a light, sharp, ringing sound: The coins clinked together. He clinked the fork against a glass.
noun
2.
a clinking sound.
3.
Metallurgy. a small crack in a steel ingot resulting from uneven expanding or contracting.
4.
a pointed steel bar for breaking up road surfaces.
5.
Archaic. a rhyme; jingle.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps < Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound

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clink

2 [klingk]
noun Slang.
a prison; jail; lockup.

Origin:
1505–15; after Clink, name of prison in Southwark, London, perhaps < Dutch klink door-latch

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clink1 (klɪŋk)
 
vb
1.  to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
 
n
2.  a light and sharply ringing sound
3.  (Brit) a pointed steel tool used for breaking up the surface of a road before it is repaired
 
[C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; related to Old Low German chlanch, German Klang sound]

clink2 (klɪŋk)
 
n
a slang word for prison
 
[C16: after Clink, name of a prison in Southwark, London]

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clink
late 14c., echoic.

clink
"prison," 1770s, originally (1515) that on Clink Street in Southwark; probably influenced by clinch, clench.
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Example sentences
Each day he heard the clink of all the quarters, dimes, and nickels that his employees loaded on and off each bus.
The bosses of many big companies are also in the clink or on the run.
There's a clink of cutlery, a murmur of appreciative conversation from the dining room.
Please clink on the link provided, to view fact sheets for safe food handling in emergencies.
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