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clutch

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verb \ˈkləch\

Definition of clutch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grasp or hold with or as if with the hand or claws usually strongly, tightly, or suddenly <He clutched his chest and appeared to be in pain.>

  3. 2 obsolete :  clench

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to seek to grasp and hold <clutched at her hand>

  6. 2 :  to operate an automobile clutch (see 2clutch 2a)

Examples of clutch in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

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clutch

noun

Definition of clutch

  1. 1a :  the claws or a hand in the act of grasping or seizing firmly <a rabbit in the clutch of a hawk>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. 2a :  a coupling used to connect and disconnect a driving and a driven part (as an engine and a transmission) of a mechanismb :  a lever (as a pedal) operating such a clutch <Depress the clutch to change gears.>

  3. 3 :  a tight or critical situation :  pinch <come through in the clutch>

  4. 4 :  clutch bag

Origin and Etymology of clutch

see 1clutch


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Automotive Terms


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clutch

adjective

Definition of clutch

  1. 1 :  made or done in a crucial situation <a clutch hit>

  2. 2 :  successful in a crucial situation <a clutch pitcher> <a clutch hitter>

Examples of clutch in a sentence

  1. She scored a clutch basket.

1929

First Known Use of clutch

1929


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clutch

noun

Definition of clutch

  1. 1 :  a nest of eggs or a brood of chicks

  2. 2 :  group, bunch <talking with a clutch of her friends> <a clutch of photographs> <a clutch of reporters>

Origin and Etymology of clutch

alteration of dialect English cletch hatching, brood


First Known Use: 1721

Other Birds Terms



CLUTCH Defined for English Language Learners

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clutch

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verb \ˈkləch\

Definition of clutch for English Language Learners

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

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


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clutch

adjective

Definition of clutch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CLUTCH Defined for Kids

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clutch

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verb \ˈkləch\

Definition of clutch for Students

clutched

clutching

  1. 1 :  to grasp or hold tightly with or as if with the hands or claws

  2. 2 :  to make a grab <He began clutching at the falling child.>


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clutch

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noun

Definition of clutch for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a coupling for connecting and disconnecting a driving and a driven part in machinery

  3. 3 :  a lever or pedal operating a clutch


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clutch

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noun

Definition of clutch for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of eggs that is laid by a bird at one time

  2. 2 :  a small group of things or people



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