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  • verb Present participle of unclinch.


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  • Slowly the man behind the table rose to his feet, his form trembling violently, his strong hands clinching and unclinching in his agitation.

    That Printer of Udell's Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • The angel's knight began to pace the room as he talked, clinching and unclinching his hands, while the perspiration got his hair all scraggly on his forehead.

    In the Arena Stories of Political Life Booth Tarkington 1907

  • And growing inarticulate with passion, he stood before her clinching and unclinching his great hand, and his lips trembling.

    Jess Henry Rider Haggard 1890

  • The good work being thus commenced, Peter beat down all before him, smiting and hewing at the joists and timbers, unclinching spike-nails, ripping and tearing away boards, with a tremendous racket, from morning till night.

    Peter Goldthwaite's Treasure 1837

  • He never thought of calling on Mr. Mason to assist him quietly in securing the robber, as he might have done, but yielding to an irresistible impulse of vengeance, he grappled fiercely with the mask, who writhed and struggled in his unclinching hold.

    Helen and Arthur or, Miss Thusa's Spinning Wheel Caroline Lee Hentz 1828


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