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clutch

verb [I or T] uk   us   /klʌtʃ/
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.
Phrasal verbs

clutch

noun uk   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.

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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