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Meaning of clutch

clutch

Pronunciation: (kluch), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to seize with or as with the hands or claws; snatch: The bird swooped down and clutched its prey with its claws.
  2. to grip or hold tightly or firmly: She clutched the child's hand as they crossed the street.
  3. to spellbind; grip a person's emotions, attention, or interest: Garbo movies really clutch me.
—v.i.
  1. to try to seize or grasp (usually fol. by at): He clutched at the fleeing child. She clutched at the opportunity.
  2. to become tense with fright; panic (sometimes fol. by up): I clutched up on the math exam.
  3. to operate the clutch in a vehicle.
—n.
  1. the hand, claw, etc., when grasping.
  2. Usually,power of disposal or control; mastery: She fell into the clutches of the enemy.
  3. the act of clutching; a snatch or grasp.
  4. a tight grip or hold.
  5. a device for gripping something.
    1. a mechanism for readily engaging or disengaging a shaft with or from another shaft or rotating part. Cf. coupling (def. 2a).
    2. a control, as a pedal, for operating this mechanism.
  6. an extremely important or crucial moment of a game: He was famous for his coolness in pitching in the clutch.
  7. any critical position or situation; emergency: She kept complete control in the clutch.
  8. Also calleda woman's small purse that can be carried in the hand and usually has no handle or strap.
—adj.
  1. done or accomplished in a critical situation: a clutch shot that won the basketball game.
  2. dependable in crucial situations: a clutch player.
  3. (of a coat) without fasteners; held closed in front by one's hand or arm.

clutch

Pronunciation: (kluch), [key]
— n.
  1. a hatch of eggs; the number of eggs produced or incubated at one time.
  2. a brood of chickens.
  3. a number of similar individuals: a clutch of books; a whole clutch of dancers.
—v.t.
  1. to hatch (chickens).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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