- 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.
- 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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- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘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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- 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.
- 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.
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?More example sentences
- 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.
Middle English (in the sense 'bend, crook'): variant of obsolete clitch 'close the hand', from Old English clyccan 'crook, clench', of Germanic origin.
Words that rhyme with clutchcrutch, Dutch, hutch, inasmuch, insomuch, much, mutch, scutch, such, thrutch, touch
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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