Definition of clutch
- He clutched his chest and appeared to be in pain.
I had to clutch the counter to keep from falling.
The child clutched her mother's hand firmly.
He had a book clutched in his hand.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
hang on to, hold on to;
She scored a clutch basket.
First Known Use: 1721See Words from the same year
: to hold onto (someone or something) tightly with your hand
: to try to hold onto someone or something by reaching with your hand
: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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