Meaning of “clutches” in the English Dictionary

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"clutches" in American English

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clutchesplural 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.

(Definition of “clutches” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)