1 (C, U) the hard material like rocks which is left after coal has been burnt
2 (singular) AmE a bad note in a musical performance: The singer hit a real clinker.
3 (singular) AmE old-fashioned something or someone that is a total failure: That movie was a total clinker.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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