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Definition of clutch:

  1. A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
  2. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
  3. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
  4. The hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; - often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty; as, to fall into the clutches of an adversary.
  5. The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
  6. To close tightly; to clinch.
  7. To reach ( at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; - often followed by at.
  8. To seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; - often figuratively; as, to clutch power.


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