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clutch

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1clutch/ˈklʌtʃ/verb
clutchesclutchedclutching
1clutch
/ˈklʌtʃ/
verb
clutchesclutchedclutching
Learner's definition of CLUTCH  
[+ object]  : to hold onto (someone or something) tightly with your hand
[no object]  : to try to hold onto someone or something by reaching with your hand — usually + at

clutch at straws

— see straw
2clutch/ˈklʌtʃ/noun
pluralclutches
2clutch
/ˈklʌtʃ/
noun
pluralclutches
Learner's definition of CLUTCH  
[count]
: the act of holding or gripping something or someone tightly — usually plural — often used figuratively
: a pedal that is pressed to change gears in a vehicle
— see picture at car
   b  : the part of a vehicle that is controlled by a clutch
: clutch bag

in the clutch

US
: in a very important or critical situation especially during a sports competition
— compare 4clutch
3clutch/ˈklʌtʃ/adjective
3clutch
/ˈklʌtʃ/
adjective
Learner's definition of CLUTCH  
[more clutch; most clutch]US
always used before a noun  : happening during a very important or critical time especially in a sports competition
: able to perform well in a very important or critical situation especially in a sports competition
4clutch/ˈklʌtʃ/noun
pluralclutches
4clutch
/ˈklʌtʃ/
noun
pluralclutches
Learner's definition of CLUTCH  
[count]
: a group of eggs that is laid by a bird at one time
   b  : a group of young birds produced by a single group of eggs
: a small group of things or people
— compare 2clutch
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