Clinch and Clench | Words Confused

These words are often confused.


To clench is to hold tightly or grasp firmly.

  • The boy clenched his fists in anger.
  • The patient clenched the arms of his wheel chair.

Common expressions with clench are: clench one’s teeth, clench one’s fist, clench onto a rope etc.


To clinch is to win, secure or obtain.

  • The player clinched the trophy with a fantastic performance.
  • He clinched the deal with a handshake.


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