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clink1

[klingk] /klɪŋk/
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
1275-1325; Middle English clinken, perhaps < Middle Dutch clinken to sound, ring, resound

clink2

[klingk] /klɪŋk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a prison; jail; lockup.
Origin
1505-15; after Clink, name of prison in Southwark, London, perhaps < Dutch klink door-latch
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Examples for clink
  • 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.
  • For detailed information, please clink a link below.
  • clink the link at the bottom left side of this page.
  • If you have not received a registration form in the mail, you may clink on the link below for a copy.
British Dictionary definitions for clink

clink1

/klɪŋk/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a light and sharply ringing sound
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; related to Old Low German chlanch, German Klang sound

clink2

/klɪŋk/
noun
1.
a slang word for prison
Word Origin
C16: after Clink, name of a prison in Southwark, London
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Word Origin and History for clink
clink
late 14c., echoic.
clink
"prison," 1770s, originally (1515) that on Clink Street in Southwark; probably influenced by clinch, clench.
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Slang definitions & phrases for clink

clink

noun

A black person; brother (Black)


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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