clink Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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clinkverb [I or T]

uk   us   /klɪŋk/
to (​cause something to) make a ​shortringingsound like ​pieces of ​glass or ​metalknockinglightly together: The ​ice clinked as she ​dropped it into the ​glass. We all clinked ​our glasses together and ​drank to a ​happy new ​year.
noun [S] uk   us   /ˈklɪŋ.kɪŋ/
the clinking of ​glasses


uk   us   /klɪŋk/

clink noun (SOUND)

[S] a ​shortringingsound like ​pieces of ​glass or ​metalknockinglightly together: I could ​hear the clink ofcoins in his ​pocket.

clink noun (PRISON)

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

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clinkverb [I/T]

 us   /klɪŋk/
to make a ​short, ​ringingsound like that of ​pieces of ​glass or ​metalknocking together
noun [C/U]  us   /klɪŋk/
[U] the clink of ​coins
(Definition of clink from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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