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To grasp (something) tightly and firmly
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“When the call was made and I had to go, I stood straight in front of the closed door, clenching the handkerchief firmly.”
(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
To physically grip or grasp something
To tighten, or to put in a state of tension
(of a muscle) To become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
To join together via a locking action or mechanism
Plural for 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.”
Plural for an act or way of holding
Plural for 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
Plural for the conditions under which land or buildings are held or occupied
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