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clutch 1

Line breaks: clutch
Pronunciation: /klʌtʃ/

verb

[with object]
Grasp (something) tightly: he stood clutching a microphone 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.
Synonyms

noun

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1A tight grasp: 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 regarded as inescapable: Tom had fallen into Amanda’s clutches
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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.
Synonyms
power, control, domination, command, mastery, rule, tyranny;
hands, hold, grip, grasp, claws, jaws, evil embrace;
custody, possession, keeping
2A mechanism for connecting and disconnecting an engine and the transmission system in a vehicle, or the working parts of any machine: she let the clutch in and the car surged forward
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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.
2.1The pedal operating the clutch in a vehicle.
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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.
3North American A clutch bag.
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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.

adjective

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1(In sport) denoting or occurring at 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 performances
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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.

Origin

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

Phrases

clutch at straws

1
see straw.

in the clutch

2
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.

Words that rhyme with clutch

crutch, Dutch, hutch, inasmuch, insomuch, much, mutch, scutch, such, thrutch, touch

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clutch 2 Line breaks: clutch
Pronunciation: /klʌtʃ/

noun

1A group of eggs fertilized at the same time, laid in a single session and (in birds) incubated together: they lay fewer than ten eggs in a clutch
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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.
Synonyms
group, batch, nestful
1.1A brood of chicks: the number of chicks in a clutch varies according to the availability of food and the danger of predators
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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 brightly painted holiday homes
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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.
Synonyms
group, collection, set, quantity, raft;
handful, fistful, armful
informal load, bunch

Origin

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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