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Verb: clutch  klúch
  1. Take hold of; grab
    "She clutched her purse";
    - seize, prehend [archaic]
  2. Hold firmly, usually with one's hands
    "She clutched my arm when she got scared";
    - cling to, hold close, hold tight
  3. Affect
    "Fear clutched the prisoners";
    - seize, get hold of
Noun: clutch  klúch
  1. The act of grasping
    "he released his clutch on my arm";
    - clasp, clench, clutches, grasp, grip, hold
  2. A tense critical situation
    "he is a good man in the clutch"
  3. A number of birds hatched at the same time
  4. A collection of things or persons to be handled together
    - batch
  5. A woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
    - clutch bag
  6. A pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism
    "he smoothly released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other";
    - clutch pedal
  7. A coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
    "this year's model has an improved clutch"

Derived forms: clutches, clutching, clutched

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, bag, brood, collection, coupler, coupling, foot lever, foot pedal, get hold of, grasping, handbag, hold, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, pedal, pocketbook, prehension, purse, seizing, sweep over, take, take hold, taking hold, temporary state, treadle, whelm [archaic]

Part of: transmission, transmission system

Encyclopedia: Clutch