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. Slang.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. Slang.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, clutches. 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.
6. Auto.,Mach. a. a mechanism for readily engaging or disengaging a shaft with or from another shaft or rotating part. Cf. coupling (def. 2a).
b. a control, as a pedal, for operating this mechanism.
7. Sports.an extremely important or crucial moment of a game: He was famous for his coolness in pitching in the clutch. 8. any critical position or situation; emergency: She kept complete control in the clutch. 9. Also called clutch bag, clutch purse. a 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.
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.