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What is another word for clench?

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To grasp (something) tightly and firmly
“He could feel the man's eyes staring at him intently, and he allowed his hand to clench the hilt of his knife.”
To press or be pressed tightly together
“It must have hurt him to clench his jaw like he was. She hoped he didn't have any loose teeth, but surely he wouldn't be able to grit them that way if they were loose.”
To contract or tighten, especially a part of the body
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“He felt as weak as a bairn, but he managed to clench his muscles, lift his head, and drink.”
To grind (one's teeth) in pain or in anger
To tighten, or to put in a state of tension
To join together via a locking action or mechanism
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A grip or hold, or a way of gripping or holding something
“Cedric shakes his hand in gratitude, a firm clench this time.”
A contraction or tightening of part of the body
“Darcy rushed out and I felt a clench in my stomach, hoping she wasn't talking about Scarlett.”
A joke or type of wordplay in which sounds, words or phrases are deliberately confused
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