clench - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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

    I could see the muscles in his jaw clench.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to hold something very firmly, especially because you are frightened, worried, or angry