Meaning of “clutch” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /klʌtʃ/

the part of a car or truck that you press with your foot when you change gear (= part that controls how fast the wheels turn)

HOLD [ C, U ]

the action of holding something tightly or of trying to hold something tightly

sb's clutches

If you are in someone's clutches, they control you, often in an evil way.

(Definition of “clutch noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)