verb (used with or without object), clemmed, clemming. British Dialect.
verb clems, clemming, clemmed, clams, clamming, clammed
(when transitive, usually passive) (English, dialect) to be hungry or cause to be hungry
A fight between show people and the local citizenry: It’d start a clem, with me in the middle
To disperse rioting customers at a circus or carnival (1920s+ Circus & carnival)
A cry used by circus people to rally forces in a fight with townspeople
[klench] /klɛntʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly. 2. to grasp firmly; grip. 3. (def 1). 4. (defs 2–4). verb (used without object) 5. to close or knot up tightly: His hands clenched as he faced his enemy. noun 6. the act of clenching. 7. a tight hold; grip. […]
- Clenched fist sign
clenched fist sign n. An indication of the pain of angina pectoris in which an individual presses a clenched fist against the chest as a means of showing its constricting, pressing quality.
/ˌklɛnˈdɪnən/ noun 1. Inga. born 1934. Australian historian and writer. Her books include Reading the Holocaust (1998) and Tiger’s Eye – a Memoir (2000)