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"clutch" in British English

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clutchverb [I or T]

uk   /klʌtʃ/ us   /klʌtʃ/

clutchnoun

uk   /klʌtʃ/ us   /klʌtʃ/
  • 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.

clutchadjective [only before noun]

/klʌtʃ/ /klʌtʃ/ /klʌtʃ/ US
(Definition of clutch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clutch" in American English

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clutchverb [I/T]

us   /klʌtʃ/
  • 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.

clutchnoun

  • clutch noun (VEHICLE PART)

us   /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

clutchadjective

us   /klʌtʃ/
  • clutch adjective (PERFORMING WELL)

able to do something when it is especially needed: Moose, always reliable under pressure, was a tremendous clutch hitter.
(Definition of clutch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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