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clutch

noun (1)

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1 a number of things considered as a unit
  • a clutch of medals adorned the general's chest

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2 a usually small number of persons considered as a unit
  • a clutch of people traveling together

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clutch

noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of clutch (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a time or state of affairs requiring prompt or decisive action
  • a football quarterback who always comes through in the clutch

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2 the right or means to command or control others
  • a nation no longer living in the clutch of a cruel tyrant

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clutch

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of clutch (Entry 3 of 3)

to have or keep in one's hands
  • he clutched the eggs carefully so he wouldn't drop them

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Frequently Asked Questions About clutch

How is the word clutch different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of clutch are grab, grasp, seize, snatch, and take. While all these words mean "to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand," clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding.

clutching her purse

How do grab and snatch relate to one another, in the sense of clutch?

Grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch.

grabbed roughly by the arm

When can grasp be used instead of clutch?

The words grasp and clutch are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession.

grasp the handle and pull

In what contexts can seize take the place of clutch?

While in some cases nearly identical to clutch, 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

How are the words snatch and seize related as synonyms of clutch?

Snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize.

snatched a doughnut and ran

Where would take be a reasonable alternative to clutch?

The words take and clutch can be used in similar contexts, but take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control.

take some salad from the bowl

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The first known use of clutch was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clutch.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/clutch. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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