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Dictionary definition for: Clutch

1. (n) the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm" "he has a strong grip for an old man" "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

2. (v) take hold of; grab; "The salesclerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

3. (n) a tense critical situation; "he is a good man in the clutch"

4. (v) hold firmly, usually with one''s hands; "She clutched my arm when she got scared"

5. (n) a number of birds hatched at the same time

6. (v) affect; "Fear seized the prisoners" "The patient was seized with unberable pains" "He was seized with a dreadful disease"

7. (n) a collection of things or persons to be handled together

8. (n) a pedal that operates a clutch

9. (n) a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism

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