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To have taken control of with one's hands
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“He could feel the man's eyes staring at him intently, and he allowed his hand to clench the hilt of his knife.”
Past tense for to press or be pressed tightly together
“It must have hurt him to clench his jaw like he was. She hoped he didn't have any loose teeth, but surely he wouldn't be able to grit them that way if they were loose.”
Past tense for to contract or tighten, especially a part of the body
“He felt as weak as a bairn, but he managed to clench his muscles, lift his head, and drink.”
Past tense for to grind (one's teeth) in pain or in anger
Past tense for to tighten, or to put in a state of tension
Past tense for to join together via a locking action or mechanism
Grasped or clutched in one's hands
Made, fixed or closed firmly and securely
Full of knots, knotty
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