in someone's or something's clutches

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Definition of in someone's or something's clutches

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

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“In someone's or something's clutches.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20someone's%20or%20something's%20clutches. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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