in someone's or something's clutches

Definition of in someone's or something's clutches

  1. :  in someone's or something's claws The hawk had the mouse in its clutches. —often used figuratively to indicate control over someone They were powerless to oppose them. He had them in his clutches.

Word by Word Definitions

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

clutchplay clutches
  1. :  to grasp or hold with or as if with the hand or claws usually strongly, tightly, or suddenly

    :  clench

    :  to seek to grasp and hold

  1. :  the claws or a hand in the act of grasping or seizing firmly

    :  an often cruel or unrelenting control, power, or possession

    :  the act of grasping, holding, or restraining

  1. :  made or done in a crucial situation

    :  successful in a crucial situation

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

    :  group, bunch


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