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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.”
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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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To tighten, or to put in a state of tension
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(of a muscle) To become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
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To join together via a locking action or mechanism
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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.”
Noun
Plural for an act or way of holding
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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
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Plural for the conditions under which land or buildings are held or occupied
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