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Definition of Clutch


  1. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
  2. The hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; -- often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty; as, to fall into the clutches of an adversary.
  3. A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
  4. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
  5. The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
  6. To seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
  7. To close tightly; to clinch.
  8. To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at.

Clutch Quotations

Just as our ancient ancestors drew animals on cave walls and carved animals from wood and bone, we decorate our homes with animal prints and motifs, give our children stuffed animals to clutch, cartoon animals to watch, animal stories to read.
Diane Ackerman

My thing was play as hard as you can, don't be stupid, pay attention to details, and have enough guts in the clutch that you're not afraid to make a play. Some things I thought were important for a young man to know.
Joe Paterno

The moment eternal - just that and no more - When ecstasy's utmost we clutch at the core While cheeks burn, arms open, eyes shut, and lips meet!
Robert Browning

From the first opening of our eyes, it is the light that attracts us. We clutch aimlessly with our baby fingers at the gossamer-motes in the sunbeam, and we die reaching out after an ineffable blending of earthly and heavenly beauty which we shall never fully comprehend.
Lucy Larcom

The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
Elias Canetti
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Clutch Translations

clutch in Afrikaans is koppelaar, gryp
clutch in Danish is kobling, gribe
clutch in Dutch is grijpen, bemachtigen
clutch in French is agriffons, couplage, saisir, agriffez, agriffent
clutch in German is Kupplung
clutch in Italian is frizione
clutch in Portuguese is embreagem
clutch in Spanish is acoplamiento
clutch in Swedish is greppa, koppling
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