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 Climb.Clin’ker (Humphrey). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clinch.
 
To bend the point of a nail after it is driven home. The word is sometimes written clench, from the French clenche, the lift of a latch. (German, klinke; Dutch, klinken, to rivet.) (See page 261, col. 1, CLENCH.)   1
   That was a clincher. That argument was not to be gainsaid; that remark drove the matter home, and fixed it “as a nail in a sure place.”   2
   A lie is called a clincher from the tale about two swaggerers, one of whom said, “I drove a nail right through the moon.” “Yes,” said the other, “I remember it well, for I went the other side and clinched it.” The French say, Je lui ai bien rivé son clou (I have clinched his nail for him).   3
 


 Climb.Clin’ker (Humphrey). 

 
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