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Clench

clench

 

To clench something is to hold onto it very tightly with the teeth or with the hands, or the upper and lower teeth are held together tightly.

clenched fist

  • Jeremy clenches his teeth at night, but he doesn’t realize he’s doing it.
  • Some people clench their teeth when they are angry.
  • Through clenched teeth, the man said he would get even with the person who vandalized his house.
  • When an alligator uses its teeth to clench onto an object or another animal, it doesn’t let go easily.
  • The dog has a ball clenched in its teeth.
  • The boy clenched his fists in preparation for a fight. (fist = fingers curled up in a ball)
  • Clenched in Maria’s hands was the money that she needed to pay her rent for the month.
  • Some drivers clench the steering wheel as they drive through ice and snow.

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Published on March 3, 2018

 

 

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