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Present participle for 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) Present participle for to press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion
Present participle for to physically grip or grasp something
Present participle for to tighten, or to put in a state of tension
(of a muscle) Present participle for to become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
Present participle for to join together via a locking action or mechanism
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