<title-clinching> hat-trick [sports]



What is the meaning of "title-clinching" in this sentence?

Three years ago today - a title-clinching hat-trick from "Robin van Persie"!

Please enlighten me on this,

Thank you!:)
  • shop-englishx

    Thank EMP.
    Can I say:
    title-wining hat-trick

    Also, can "clinching" (meaning "wining") be used in some other contexts other than sports, e.g, a student makes a speech at a speech competition in their college and wins a gold medal, can is it correct to say: A medal-clinching speech,


    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    Yes, you can say "a title-winning hat-trick" and use "clinching" in contexts out of sports too. You can clinch a debate, an argument, etc. too. Yes, "a medal-clinching speech" is fine if the medal is given for winning the speech competition.

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    Senior Member
    English - England
    In this football context, "a title-clinching hat-trick" suggests to me a hat-trick that finally secures the title for that player's team, after a long season. The implication is that Van Persie's team won the match in which he scored three times and that this victory brought confirmation that his team would be crowned champions after this had been a possibility for some time. "Clinch" is not 100% synonymous with "win". We wouldn't say "I clinched £20 on the lottery", for example, because we don't struggle to secure victory on the lottery; it's simply a matter of chance.
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