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English definition of “clutch”

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.Having in your hands
Phrasal verbs

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.Machine parts 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.The interior of vehicles

clutch noun (GROUP)

[C] a small group of eggs produced by the same bird, especially in a nestGroups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures [S] a small group of people or things: a fresh clutch of studentsGroups and collections of thingsVariety and mixturesGroups of people

clutch noun (CONTROL)

sb's clutches C2 [plural] humorous the control of someone: He is in/has fallen into the clutches of that woman.Having in your hands
(Definition of clutch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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