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Verb
To grasp (something) tightly and firmly
“When the call was made and I had to go, I stood straight in front of the closed door, clenching the handkerchief firmly.”
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(with reference to the teeth) To press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion
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To physically grip or grasp something
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(close around or over) To come into contact with (something) so as to encircle and hold it
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Make or become rigidly fixed or immovable
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Take hold of suddenly and forcibly
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Make narrower, especially by encircling pressure
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To draw tight
Noun
A contraction or tightening of part of the body
“Through the powerful clench in her teeth, she nodded, wincing every time her heart beat against the pressure on her forearm.”
Noun
The act or manner of holding
“… fearful that his suitcase might be stolen, he never once relaxed his clench on the handle.”
Noun
A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused
Noun
The conditions under which land or buildings are held or occupied
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