Associations to the word «Clutch»

Wiktionary

CLUTCH, verb. To seize, as though with claws. [from 14th c.]
CLUTCH, verb. To grip or grasp tightly. [from 17th c.]
CLUTCH, noun. The claw of a predatory animal or bird. [from 13th c.]
CLUTCH, noun. (by extension) A grip, especially one seen as rapacious or evil. [from 16th c.]
CLUTCH, noun. A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car. [from 19th c.]
CLUTCH, noun. The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
CLUTCH, noun. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
CLUTCH, noun. A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
CLUTCH, noun. (US) An important or critical situation.
CLUTCH, adjective. (US) (Canada) Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
CLUTCH, noun. A brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs. [from 18th c.]
CLUTCH, noun. A group or bunch (of people or things). [from 20th c.]
CLUTCH ARTIST, noun. (idiomatic) A person who drives a motor vehicle, especially one equipped with a manual transmission, in a particularly skillful manner.
CLUTCH ARTIST, noun. (idiomatic) (sports) A player who performs especially well in crucial situations.
CLUTCH ARTISTS, noun. Plural of clutch artist
CLUTCH AT A STRAW, verb. Alternative form of grasp at straws
CLUTCH AT STRAWS, verb. Alternative form of grasp at straws
CLUTCH BAG, noun. A small handbag without a shoulder strap, designed to be held in the hand.
CLUTCH BAGS, noun. Plural of clutch bag
CLUTCH INITIATION, noun. (ecology) lay date. This has relevance to avian breeding habits.
CLUTCH INITIATIONS, noun. Plural of clutch initiation
CLUTCH PEDAL, noun. (automotive) A pedal in a car that modulates the clutch mechanism, via clutch plate pressure.

Dictionary definition

CLUTCH, noun. 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".
CLUTCH, noun. A tense critical situation; "he is a good man in the clutch".
CLUTCH, noun. A number of birds hatched at the same time.
CLUTCH, noun. A collection of things or persons to be handled together.
CLUTCH, noun. A woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand.
CLUTCH, noun. A pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism; "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other".
CLUTCH, noun. A coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism; "this year's model has an improved clutch".
CLUTCH, verb. Take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk 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".
CLUTCH, verb. Hold firmly, usually with one's hands; "She clutched my arm when she got scared".
CLUTCH, verb. Affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease".

Wise words

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