- 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 (Cf. clinch). As a type of nail, from 1735; as a conclusive statement, argument, etc., 1737.
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clincher — CLÍNCHER s.n. Produs obţinut la fabricarea cimenturilor prin încălzirea materiei prime până aproape de temperatura de vitrifiere şi prin transformarea ei într o masă compactă şi dură. – Din germ. Klinker, fr. clinker. Trimis de hai, 02.06.2004.… … Dicționar Român
Clincher — Clinch er, n. 1. One who, or that which, clinches; that which holds fast. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. That which ends a dispute or controversy; a decisive argument. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
clincher — [n] settling event capper, closer, coup de grâce, crowning blow*, culmination, deathblow*, deciding moment, finisher, finishing touch; concepts 230,635,676 … New thesaurus
clincher — ► NOUN informal ▪ a fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively … English terms dictionary
clincher — [klinch′ər] n. a person or thing that clinches; specif., a conclusive or decisive point, argument, act, etc … English World dictionary
clincher — [[t]klɪ̱ntʃə(r)[/t]] clinchers N COUNT A clincher is a fact or argument that finally proves something, settles a dispute, or helps someone achieve a victory. [INFORMAL] DNA fingerprinting has proved the clincher in many criminal and other… … English dictionary
clincher — /klin cheuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that clinches. 2. 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. 3. a nail, screw, etc., for clinching.… … Universalium
clincher — UK [ˈklɪntʃə(r)] / US [ˈklɪntʃər] noun [countable] Word forms clincher : singular clincher plural clinchers informal something that settles an argument, makes someone take a particular decision, or helps someone achieve something … English dictionary
clincher — [“klmtfa1 ] 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. □ Eating garlic by the bushel was the clincher. I had to get a new roommate … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
clincher — noun Date: 1703 one that clinches: as a. a decisive fact, argument, act, or remark < the expense was the clincher that persuaded us to give up the enterprise > b. a tire with flanged beads fitting into the wheel rim … New Collegiate Dictionary