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
Examples of clutch in a Sentence
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. Adjective
She scored a clutch basket.
Recent Examples on the Web
Bhiwadi, who was present and could be seen clutching a rifle in Manesar’s video, said Waris died because the car’s steering wheel struck his abdomen during the collision.—Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Making people clutch their pearls over the direct provocation?—Zoe Guy, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2023 That their veteran depth can supply clutch support both defensively and at the plate.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 One night this spring, Emilio crossed the parking lot just before the shift started, clutching his bulky green uniform under his arm and half running to keep up with his older brother.—Hannah Dreier Meridith Kohut, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Season 14 of the Great British Bake Off (or the Great British Baking Show in the US) premiers September 29 on Netflix and lovers of bucolic b-roll of the English countryside and amateur bakers alike are clutching their bundt pans in excitement.—Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 16 Sep. 2023 Pretending to reel from the news, the senator clutched his head in feigned shock.—Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Sep. 2023 But pearls are clutched anytime one of the few major differences between NFL and college regulations change.—Michael Casagrande | McAsagrande@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2023 Later he was seen clutching his treasured book to his chest.—Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2023
For me, this looks like my laptop, something to read (magazines are clutch here), my keys, airpods, and sunglasses.—Vicki Denig, Travel + Leisure, 23 Sep. 2023 Auburn escaped back on the red-eye across the country Sunday morning with a 14-10 win over Cal in an ugly, sloppy performance on the offensive side of the ball, but a wildly clutch day on defense.—Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2023 And, of course, in typical Girlfriend style, the color options are clutch.—Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Women's Health, 9 Aug. 2023 Disposable wipes, toilet paper, and other cleanup supplies are also clutch.—Korin Miller, SELF, 2 Aug. 2023 The best advice for any travel is to be prepared for the unexpected, so having a semi-formal jacket on hand is always clutch.—Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 28 June 2023 Racing is a different beast than track experiences, so Team BRIT Racing has developed a bespoke hand control system to operate the steering, brakes, clutch, throttle, and gearbox of its cars and racing sims.—Sami Haj-Assaad, Car and Driver, 5 June 2023 For the crowning ceremony, Queen Anne-Marie opted for a navy button down dress with a matching fascinator, clutch, and white gloves.—Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 7 May 2023 The free hot dogs were clutch.—Maria Sherman, SPIN, 22 Mar. 2023
Saks Fifth Avenue is coming in clutch with its latest can’t-miss deals.—Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2023 In slide five, Shayk turned the black button-down into a club 'fit by swapping out her blazer for a Tupac T-shirt and trading in her black clutch for a leather shoulder bag with metal grommets, finally topping off the look with leopard thigh-highs.—Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 22 Sep. 2023 These aren’t climaxes or catastrophes, but moments: released from the clutch of extremity by the writing’s steady motion, and delivered from specific passions by her dispersal into a we.—Tobi Haslett, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 The quarterback, who built his reputation on being one of the best clutch players in the NFL, almost pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback win.—oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 The Rays’ bats came up clutch in several instances with two RBI hits with runners in scoring position and the game-winning solo home run from Luke Raley in the seventh.—Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The singer—who presented an award at the ceremony with French Montana—walked the pink carpet conspicuously holding a clutch with a throwback photo of the pair printed on the side.—Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 The clutch in turn twists an aluminum-and-ceramic-matrix driveshaft.—Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Trying to break in new quarterbacks and mesh in a clutch of transfers against No. 4 Ohio State was always going to be a tough ask.—Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Sep. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun (1)
Middle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan
alteration of dialect English cletch hatching, brood