- 1 1.1 (grasp) See examples:to make a clutch at somethingshe felt the clutch of the tentacle around her legintentar agarrar algosintió como el tentáculo le agarraba la pierna or se le aferraba a la piernaExample sentences1.2
also: clutches pluralto be in/fall into somebody's/something's clutchesgarras (feminine plural)estar/caer en las garras de alguien/algoExample sentences1.3 (American English) (difficult, crucial situation) See examples:in the clutch [colloquial]
- 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!
(before noun) clutch situationen las emergenciassituación (feminine) de emergencia
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (device) (before noun) clutch plate2.2clutch (pedal) to let out the clutch to put in o depress the clutchdisco (masculine) del embragueapretar el embragueExample sentences
- ‘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.
- 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→ clutch bag
- 1.1 (grab) 1.2 (hold close, tightly)he came in clutching a bunch of flowerstener firmemente agarradoshe clutched the child to her breastentró con un ramo de flores en la manoestrechó or apretó al niño contra su pechoExample sentences
- 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.
- 1 (of eggs)Example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (group, bunch)Example sentences
- 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.
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