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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLINCHER

The movie-maker was in his element now, delivering the clincher in an argument.

This proved a clincher, and the lumbermen changed the subject.

Late in 1813, appeared the “Book of Wonders,” “in five parts,” and it was a clincher.

The last remark was intended as a clincher to settle the affair.

She paused, then, for clincher, threw out: He dines here to-morrow.

Theres a clincher for you, Harry said; the treasure is here all right.

After that clincher there was no doubt about it—we were in La Belle France all right, all right!

This was a clincher, and the sceptic joined in the laugh at his own expense.

"You're a convoluted mule," returned the ghost, tapping the enameled wall with his knuckle, as a clincher to his assertion.

The fourth bar re-states the clincher, but at a lower pitch, as by one who is quite satisfied that he has convinced his adversary.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLINCHER

coup de grace

nounfinishing blow
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