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clutch

verb [I or T] uk   /klʌtʃ/ us  
C2 to take or try to take hold of something tightly, usually in fear, worry, or pain: Silent and pale, she clutched (onto) her mother's hand. Clutching the money to his chest, he hurried to the bank. He collapsed, clutching his stomach.
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clutch

noun uk   /klʌtʃ/ us  

clutch noun (MACHINE PART)

[C usually singular] a device that allows turning movement to be sent from one part of a machine to another: I've booked the car into the garage because the clutch is slipping.C1 [C usually singular] the pedal or handle in a vehicle that is used to operate the engine's clutch: Push the clutch in, put the car into gear, rev the engine, and then gently let the clutch out.

clutch noun (GROUP)

[C] a small group of eggs produced by the same bird, especially in a nest [S] a small group of people or things: a fresh clutch of students

clutch noun (CONTROL)

sb's clutches C2 [plural] humorous the control of someone: He is in/has fallen into the clutches of that woman.

clutch

adjective [only before noun] /klʌtʃ/ US
able to do something when it is especially needed: Moose, always reliable under pressure, was a tremendous clutch hitter.
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