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English definition of “clink”

clink

verb [I or T] uk   /klɪŋk/ us  
to (cause something to) make a short ringing sound like pieces of glass or metal knocking lightly together: The ice clinked as she dropped it into the glass. We all clinked our glasses together and drank to a happy new year.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact
clinking
noun [S] uk   /ˈklɪŋ.kɪŋ/ us  
the clinking of glassesSounds made by objects, movement or impact

clink

noun uk   /klɪŋk/ us  

clink noun (SOUND)

[S] a short ringing sound like pieces of glass or metal knocking lightly together: I could hear the clink of coins in his pocket.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact

clink noun (PRISON)

[S or U] informal prison: Everyone always said Joe would end up in (the) clink.Prisons and parts of prisons
(Definition of clink from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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