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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

In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.
William Ernest Henley

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

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

Let's find a new way to think about the entire taxonomy of solar system objects, and not clutch to this concept of 'planet,' which, of course, only ever meant, 'Do you move against the background stars, regardless of what you're made of?'
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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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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