AskDefine | Define clench

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1 a small slip noose made with seizing [syn: clinch]
2 the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: clasp, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold]


1 hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel" [syn: clinch]
2 squeeze together tightly; "clench one's jaw"

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



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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