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“clench” in British English

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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)

“clench” in American English

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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)