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1clutch

verb \ˈkləch\

: to hold onto (someone or something) tightly with your hand

: to try to hold onto someone or something by reaching with your hand

Full Definition of CLUTCH

transitive verb
1
:  to grasp or hold with or as if with the hand or claws usually strongly, tightly, or suddenly
2
obsolete :  clench
intransitive verb
1
:  to seek to grasp and hold <clutched at her hand>
2
:  to operate an automobile clutch
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Examples of CLUTCH

  1. I had to clutch the counter to keep from falling.
  2. The child clutched her mother's hand firmly.
  3. He had a book clutched in his hand.

Origin of CLUTCH

Middle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of CLUTCH

take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control <take some salad from the bowl>. seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible <seized the suspect>. grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession <grasp the handle and pull>. clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding <clutching her purse>. snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize <snatched a doughnut and ran>. grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch <grabbed roughly by the arm>.

Rhymes with CLUTCH

2clutch

noun

Definition of CLUTCH

1
a :  the claws or a hand in the act of grasping or seizing firmly
b :  an often cruel or unrelenting control, power, or possession <the fell clutch of circumstance — W. E. Henley>
c :  the act of grasping, holding, or restraining
2
a :  a coupling used to connect and disconnect a driving and a driven part (as an engine and a transmission) of a mechanism
b :  a lever (as a pedal) operating such a clutch
3
:  a tight or critical situation :  pinch <come through in the clutch>
4

First Known Use of CLUTCH

13th century

Other Automotive Terms

articulated, block, choke, diesel, neutral, transmission

3clutch

adjective

: happening during a very important or critical time especially in a sports competition

: able to perform well in a very important or critical situation especially in a sports competition

Full Definition of CLUTCH

1
:  made or done in a crucial situation <a clutch hit>
2
:  successful in a crucial situation <a clutch pitcher>

Examples of CLUTCH

  1. She scored a clutch basket.

First Known Use of CLUTCH

1929

4clutch

noun

Definition of CLUTCH

1
:  a nest of eggs or a brood of chicks
2
:  group, bunch

Origin of CLUTCH

alteration of dialect English cletch hatching, brood
First Known Use: 1721

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
CLUTCH[4] Defined for Kids

1clutch

verb \ˈkləch\
clutchedclutch·ing

Definition of CLUTCH for Kids

1
:  to grasp or hold tightly with or as if with the hands or claws
2
:  to make a grab <He began clutching at the falling child.>

2clutch

noun

Definition of CLUTCH for Kids

1
:  control or power someone has over someone else —usually used in pl. <“… he has our compatriots in his clutches.” — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator>
2
:  a coupling for connecting and disconnecting a driving and a driven part in machinery
3
:  a lever or pedal operating a clutch

3clutch

noun

Definition of CLUTCH for Kids

1
:  a group of eggs that is laid by a bird at one time
2
:  a small group of things or people

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