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verb clench pronunciation in American English /klentʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclench
he/she/itclenches
present participleclenching
past tenseclenched
past participleclenched
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you clench a part of your body such as your hand or your mouth, or if it clenches, you close it tightly, especially because you are angry or upset

    He clenched his fists in frustration.

    I could see the muscles in his jaw clench.

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