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clutches

plural noun  us   /ˈklʌtʃ·əz/
a hold on someone or something: The family dog saved their daughter from the icy clutches of the river. Clutches can also mean control or power over someone, esp. harmful control or power: They are not beyond the clutches of the courts.
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