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river, c.300 mi (480 km) long, formed by the junction of two forks in SW Va., and flowing generally SW across E Tenn. to the Tennessee River at Kingston. Its waters and those of its tributary, the Powell, are used to make a reservoir at Norris Dam; at its mouth the Clinch forms Watts Bar Reservoir. The river is thus an important part of the system of the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the 1970s controversy arose over the growing pollution problem of the waters and the effect upon fish.

clinch, clench

To secure or fasten a nail, staple, screw, etc., by hammering the protruding point so that it is bent over.


1. Boxing Wrestling an act or an instance in which one or both competitors hold on to the other to avoid punches, regain wind, etc.
2. Nautical a loop or eye formed in a line by seizing the end to the standing part
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The setup is terminated by tying a 4/0 VMC Nemesis Circle Model #8382 onto the fluorocarbon leader with a clinch knot or Palomar knot.
Tippet to fly: For tippets of 12 pounds or less, a simple, five-turn clinch knot works well most of the time.
The youngsters, ages 8 to 12, are learning how to tie basic knots such as the improved clinch knot, the Palomar knot, and the dropper loop.