dou·​ble-clutch ˌdə-bəl-ˈkləch How to pronounce double-clutch (audio)
double-clutched; double-clutching; double-clutches

intransitive verb

: to shift gears in an automotive vehicle by shifting into neutral and pumping the clutch before shifting to another gear

Examples of double-clutch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the ensuing possession, after another Knicks stop, Josh Hart’s double-clutch layup over Nic Claxton’s contest forced Jacque Vaughn to call a timeout. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 23 Jan. 2024 Jenkins’ shot comes moments after Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 from beyond the arc to tie the score at 74 with 4.7 seconds left. 2021 — 39th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Stanford Cardinal defeat Arizona Wildcats, 54–53. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The single-clutch transmission was replaced by a seven-speed double-clutch, and the 610-4 rips to 60 in a mere 3.1 seconds, on its way to an eye-blearing top speed of 202 mph. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 With just over four minutes left in the CIF NorCal Open Division final, Hunkin-Claytor hit a double-clutch jumper to put the Pride up by three against Archbishop Riordan. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 Adding to the challenge is the non-synchronized gearbox’s tendency to grind in a crashing collision of cogs despite the most deliberate attempts to double-clutch and match engine revs between shifts. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 The Sea Lions won both games in Idaho in dramatic fashion, getting a double-clutch 3 from Zack Paulsen to force overtime and prevailing 79-75 against Central Washington, then beating host Northwest Nazarene 73-70 the following night. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 The centerpiece is the double-clutch system with oscillating pinions. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2023 While the basics can be picked up within an hour, more advanced techniques, like rev-matching, toe-heel downshifting, and double-clutching, can take months or years to master. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of double-clutch was in 1928

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“Double-clutch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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