I clutched my portfolio, and smiled as I looked at the window.
Sandra Bullock clutched her Oscar and gamely posed for photographs with the famous and non-famous alike.
As he entered the canyon, he clutched his chest and fell to the sidewalk.
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
Contestants, huddled on the couches of a communal room, clutched their faces in shock and some broke into sobs.
One of them clutched at the other and they both toppled down the hill.
His hand slipped into the pocket where was the pistol, and clutched it.
In his right hand he clutched several papers, which all noted.
She went white and clutched the edge of the table, with her eyes closed.
And as Sam took his left hand, Tom clutched with his right the coat of the party in the river.
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.)).
Nervous; tense; uptight (1950s+)
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+)