clench

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A clenched fist.

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From Old English beclenċan, causative of clingan (cling). Compare stink and stench.

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clench (plural clenches)

  1. Tight grip.
  2. (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.

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clench (third-person singular simple present clenches, present participle clenching, simple past and past participle clenched)

  1. To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
    He clenched his fist in anger.

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