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clutch

verb [I/T]  /klʌtʃ/ us  

clutch verb [I/T] (HOLD)

to hold or try to hold something tightly, often because of a state of fear or anxiety: [T] The preschooler clutched his mother tightly.

clutch

noun

clutch noun (VEHICLE PART)

   /klʌtʃ/ [C usually sing] a device in a car or other vehicle that you press with your foot in order to change gears (= set of wheels that control power)

clutch noun (GROUP)

 /klʌtʃ/ [C] a group of eggs or young animals hatched from eggs: several clutches of the infant sea turtles  /klʌtʃ/ [C] A clutch is also a group of people, animals, or things: The herders tend to small clutches of cattle and llamas.

clutch noun (BAG)

 /klʌtʃ/ [C] a small bag with no handle or strap, used esp. by women for carrying small personal items

clutch

adjective  /klʌtʃ/ us  

clutch adjective (PERFORMING WELL)

able to do something when it is especially needed: Moose, always reliable under pressure, was a tremendous clutch hitter.
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