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clenchverb [T]

uk   /klentʃ/  us   /klentʃ/
to close or hold something very tightly, often in a determined or angry way: The old man clenched his fist and waved it angrily at us. With a knife clenched in/between his teeth, he climbed up the tree to cut some coconuts. "Get out of here," she said through clenched teeth.
(Definition of clench from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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clenchverb [T]

 us   /klentʃ/
to hold something tightly, or press together your lips or your hands in anger or determination: He clenched his fist and waved it at the crowd.
(Definition of clench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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