There are 2 definitions of clutch in English:


Syllabification: clutch
Pronunciation: /kləCH


[with object]
1Grasp or seize (something) tightly or eagerly: he stood clutching a microphone [no object]: figurative Mrs. Longhill clutched at the idea
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  • She froze, one hand gripping the doorknob and the other clutching the shawl tightly to her chest.
  • She yelled back, tightly clutching the seatbelt running diagonally down her chest.
  • His wife, a petite blonde, stands beside him clutching a glass of wine and smiling stiffly.
grip, grasp, clasp, cling to, hang on to, clench, holdreach for, snatch at, make a grab for, catch at, claw at
1.1 (also British clutch up) Become nervous and panicked: doctors could clutch up and lose control as easily as anyone
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  • The Guard clutched up in the final seconds, nailing two free throws and giving him 25 points in the game, to secure a victory.
  • It's like clutching up, when you first realize you're having a flashback, instead of trying to relax.
  • My throat clutched up, and I could feel the tears.


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1A tight grasp or an act of grasping something: she made a clutch at his body
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  • She dropped her sword because his clutch was so tight, she nearly passed out.
  • In one desperate clutch at a straw, the company announced that it would start trading in weather!
  • You quickly tighten the clutch, as tight as you dare, then hang on!
1.1 (someone's clutches) A person’s power or control, especially when perceived as cruel or inescapable: she escaped the clutches of her temperamental family
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  • Fear gripped her in icy clutches despite the heat, and then, strangely, it ran down her skin in cold waves like snowmelt down a majestic mountain.
  • She moves out, leaving him in the clutches of the two strangers.
  • The cold clutches of reality gripped her stomach with a death hold as she realized… It was all real.
power, control, domination, command, rule, tyranny; hands, hold, grip, grasp, claws, jaws, tentacles; custody
2North American A slim, flat handbag without handles or a strap.
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  • Put the accent on femininity with this classy suede-and-lace clutch.
  • This vintage-inspired clutch adds a pop of color and excitement to any look.
  • I can totally picture someone wearing a dress for a nice night out holding this clutch.
3A mechanism for connecting and disconnecting a vehicle engine from its transmission system.
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  • Conventional automatic transmission systems do not have a clutch between the engine and the gearbox.
  • Our spiral retaining rings are used for clutches, transmissions and many other automotive components.
  • The clutch between the engine and traction motor is engaged, and electric motor used for bursts of acceleration.
3.1The pedal operating a vehicle’s clutch.
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  • ‘A lot of people use the clutch and the brake pedal in the wrong order,’ said Smyth.
  • I slowly pushed the gas pedal downward and lifted my left foot off the clutch.
  • There's not much space around the pedals which means if you have large feet like me, clutch and brake operation can be awkward.


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1(In sport) denoting or occurring in a critical situation in which the outcome of a game or competition is at stake: they both are hard-nosed players who seem to thrive in clutch situations
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  • He's pitched some amazingly clutch games in his career and he's as good a bet as the Yanks have going for them right now.
  • He likes being in clutch situations, always the mark of a great player.
  • Both are making better decisions in clutch situations.
1.1(Of a player or action) achieving or characterized by success at a critical moment in a game or competition: a clutch quarterback clutch free-throw shooting
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  • With a series of gutsy chips and clutch putts, Guan notched four birdies and carded a 1-over-par 73.
  • Earlier in his season Valbuena had some clutch hits in key situations.
  • His defense is top tier and he is hitting .286 for the last two weeks with numerous timely clutch hits.


Middle English (in the sense 'bend, crook'): variant of obsolete clitch 'close the hand', from Old English clyccan 'crook, clench', of Germanic origin.


clutch at straws

see straw.

in the clutch

US informal At a critical moment: why are some athletes able to perform in the clutch while others choke?
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  • Thank you for coming through in the clutch.
  • I insisted that Barrett belonged on the All-Star team, citing his batting average 'in the clutch' and stellar fielding percentage.
  • Bryan came through in the clutch when it was needed.

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There are 2 definitions of clutch in English:


Syllabification: clutch
Pronunciation: /


1A group of eggs fertilized at the same time, typically laid in a single session and (in birds) incubated together.
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  • We collected clutches, incubated the eggs, and took blood samples from hatching young.
  • The female incubates her large clutch, and both parents tend the hatchlings.
  • The female incubates the clutch of eggs, which can vary from 4 to 6, but usually consists of 5 eggs.
group, batch
1.1A brood of chicks.
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  • Almost 10,000 clutches of chicks were purchased for families in Central America.
  • For example, a donation buys a clutch of chicks for a family in Central America, which will give that family an ongoing supply of eggs, meat and additional income.
  • The proceeds amounted to 115 which bought a clutch of chicks, a goat and a Family Survival Kit.
1.2A small group of people or things: a clutch of young girls on roller skates
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  • I was surrounded by a clutch of girls and young men - my sisters and brothers.
  • The students have picked up a clutch of medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
  • Today, thanks to the professional services offered by a clutch of landscape artists, gardening has assumed an altogether different dimension.
group, collection; raft, armful
informal load, bunch, ton


early 18th century: probably a southern variant of northern English dialect cletch, related to Middle English cleck 'to hatch', from Old Norse klekja.

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