A clincher is a fact or argument that finally proves something, settles a dispute, or helps someone achieve a victory. [INFORMAL]

DNA fingerprinting has proved the clincher in many criminal and other forensic identifications...

The clincher was Haig's assurance that he could withstand any German attack for at least eighteen days.

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  • clincher — CLÍNCHER s.n. Produs obţinut la fabricarea cimenturilor prin încălzirea materiei prime până aproape de temperatura de vitrifiere şi prin transformarea ei într o masă compactă şi dură. – Din germ. Klinker, fr. clinker. Trimis de hai, 02.06.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Clincher — Clinch er, n. 1. One who, or that which, clinches; that which holds fast. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. That which ends a dispute or controversy; a decisive argument. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clincher — 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 (Cf. clinch). As a type of nail, from 1735; as a conclusive statement,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • clincher — [n] settling event capper, closer, coup de grâce, crowning blow*, culmination, deathblow*, deciding moment, finisher, finishing touch; concepts 230,635,676 …   New thesaurus

  • clincher — ► NOUN informal ▪ a fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively …   English terms dictionary

  • clincher — [klinch′ər] n. a person or thing that clinches; specif., a conclusive or decisive point, argument, act, etc …   English World dictionary

  • clincher — /klin cheuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that clinches. 2. 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. 3. a nail, screw, etc., for clinching.… …   Universalium

  • clincher — UK [ˈklɪntʃə(r)] / US [ˈklɪntʃər] noun [countable] Word forms clincher : singular clincher plural clinchers informal something that settles an argument, makes someone take a particular decision, or helps someone achieve something …   English dictionary

  • clincher — [“klmtfa1 ] n. the final element; the straw that broke the camel’s back. (See also capper.) □ The clincher was when the clerk turned up the volume. □ Eating garlic by the bushel was the clincher. I had to get a new roommate …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • clincher — noun Date: 1703 one that clinches: as a. a decisive fact, argument, act, or remark < the expense was the clincher that persuaded us to give up the enterprise > b. a tire with flanged beads fitting into the wheel rim …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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