[klin-cher] /ˈklɪn tʃər/

a person or thing that .
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.
a nail, screw, etc., for .
Automotive. a .
(informal) something decisive, such as a fact, score, etc
a person or thing that clinches

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.


The deciding or conclusive element; the BOTTOM LINE: One smudged fingerprint was the clincher (1830s+)


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