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clutch1

[kluhch] /klʌtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to seize with or as with the hands or claws; snatch:
The bird swooped down and clutched its prey with its claws.
2.
to grip or hold tightly or firmly:
She clutched the child's hand as they crossed the street.
3.
Slang. to spellbind; grip a person's emotions, attention, or interest:
Garbo movies really clutch me.
verb (used without object)
4.
to try to seize or grasp (usually followed by at):
He clutched at the fleeing child. She clutched at the opportunity.
5.
Slang. to become tense with fright; panic (sometimes followed by up):
I clutched up on the math exam.
6.
to operate the clutch in a vehicle.
noun
7.
the hand, claw, etc., when grasping.
8.
Usually, clutches. power of disposal or control; mastery:
She fell into the clutches of the enemy.
9.
the act of clutching; a snatch or grasp.
10.
a tight grip or hold.
11.
a device for gripping something.
12.
Automotive, Machinery.
  1. a mechanism for readily engaging or disengaging a shaft with or from another shaft or rotating part.
    Compare coupling (def 2a).
  2. a control, as a pedal, for operating this mechanism.
13.
Sports. an extremely important or crucial moment of a game:
He was famous for his coolness in pitching in the clutch.
14.
any critical position or situation; emergency:
She kept complete control in the clutch.
15.
Also called clutch bag, clutch purse. a woman's small purse that can be carried in the hand and usually has no handle or strap.
adjective
16.
done or accomplished in a critical situation:
a clutch shot that won the basketball game.
17.
dependable in crucial situations:
a clutch player.
18.
(of a coat) without fasteners; held closed in front by one's hand or arm.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English clucchen, variant of clicchen, Old English clyccan to clench
Related forms
clutchingly, adverb
clutchy, adjective
Synonyms
1. See catch. 2. clench, squeeze, hug.
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clutch1

/klʌtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to seize with or as if with hands or claws
2.
(transitive) to grasp or hold firmly
3.
(intransitive) usually foll by at. to attempt to get hold or possession (of)
noun
4.
a device that enables two revolving shafts to be joined or disconnected as required, esp one that transmits the drive from the engine to the gearbox in a vehicle
5.
a device for holding fast
6.
a firm grasp
7.
a hand, claw, or talon in the act of clutching in the clutches of a bear
8.
(often pl) power or control in the clutches of the Mafia
9.
Also called clutch bag. a handbag without handles
Word Origin
Old English clyccan; related to Old Frisian kletsie spear, Swedish klyka clasp, fork

clutch2

/klʌtʃ/
noun
1.
a hatch of eggs laid by a particular bird or laid in a single nest
2.
a brood of chickens
3.
(informal) a group, bunch, or cluster
verb
4.
(transitive) to hatch (chickens)
Word Origin
C17 (Northern English dialect) cletch, from Old Norse klekja to hatch
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Word Origin and History for clutch at
clutch
O.E. clyccan "bring together, bend (the fingers), clench," infl. in meaning by M.E. cloke "a claw." Automotive engine part (n.) is 1814, with the "seizing" sense extended to "coupling for bringing working parts together." Originally of mill-works, first used of motor vehicles 1899.
clutch
of chickens, eggs, 1721, from clekken "to hatch," probably from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. klekja "to hatch").
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Slang definitions & phrases for clutch at

clutch

modifier

done or accomplished in a critical situation: a clutch hitter/ clutch play

noun
  1. An embrace; clinch (1950s+)
  2. group;bunch: aclutch of drunken sailors (1908+)
  3. customer who does not tip, or tips too little; stiff (1950s+ Restaurant)
verb

(also clutch up) To panic; be seized with anxiety: If that's what's got you clutched up, don't worry about it (1950s+)


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