Right, it's been fun, but now I am off to find a dark room and clutch a cold compress to my head.
We pass a clutch of men wearing bright sweaters, pressed slacks, and loafers.
The Kentucky freshman sunk his third game-winning three-pointer in a row, launching fresh claims about his ‘clutch gene.’
Plenty of us women were enjoying the same behavior (clutch your pearls); it was fun.
Since then he has picked up a clutch of awards for his work.
Rob turned to whisper a question to Alex, but even as he did so he felt John clutch him by the arm.
The old hands stretched out as if to clutch hers--then fell inert.
As the canoes sped onward, the sound grew plainer and louder, and caused a clutch of fear at the throats of the girls.
Quietly the latter threw in the clutch for the third speed—and the fourth.
Eudena suddenly became rigid, ceased to breathe, her clutch convulsive, and her eyes starting.
Old English clyccan "bring together, bend (the fingers), clench," from PIE *klukja- (cf. Swedish klyka "clamp, fork;" related to cling). Meaning "to grasp" is early 14c.; that of "to seize with the claws or clutches" is from late 14c. Sense of "hold tightly and close" is from c.1600. Influenced in meaning by Middle English cloke "a claw." Related: Clutched; clutching.
"a claw, grip, grasp," c.1300, from cloche "claw," from cloke (c.1200), related to clucchen, clicchen (see clutch (v.)). Meaning "grasping hand" (1520s) led to that of "tight grasp" (1784). Related: Clutches.
movable mechanical part for transmitting motion, 1814, from clutch (v.), with the "seizing" sense extended to "device for bringing working parts together." Originally of mill-works, first used of motor vehicles 1899. Meaning "moment when heroics are required" is attested from 1920s.
"a brood, a nest" in reference to chickens, eggs, 1721, from clekken "to hatch" (c.1400). Said by OED to be apparently a southern England dialect word. Cf. batch/bake. Probably from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse klekja "to hatch"), perhaps of imitative origin (cf. cluck (v.)).
done or accomplished in a critical situation: a clutch hitter/ clutch play
(also clutch up) To panic; be seized with anxiety: If that's what's got you clutched up, don't worry about it (1950s+)