Clutch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klʌtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word clutch
Brit.  |klʌtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word clutch


- the act of grasping (syn: clasp, clench, clutches, grasp, grip, hold)
- a tense critical situation
he is a good man in the clutch
- a number of birds hatched at the same time
- a collection of things or persons to be handled together (syn: batch)
- a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
- 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
- a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
this year's model has an improved clutch


- take hold of; grab (syn: seize)
She clutched her purse
- hold firmly, usually with one's hands
She clutched my arm when she got scared
- affect (syn: seize)

Extra examples

I had to clutch the counter to keep from falling.

The child clutched her mother's hand firmly.

He had a book clutched in his hand.

She scored a clutch basket.

The climber clutched at the swinging rope, but missed.

The child clutched at his mother in fear.

The child clutched the doll to her and would not show it to anyone.

A businessman will clutch at any chance of making a profit.

She was clutching a bottle of champagne.

I shook myself free of her clutch.

She clutched her purse

She clutched my arm when she got scared

The car is easier to drive since the clutch was adjusted.

Put the car in gear, and then slowly disengage the clutch while pressing on the gas pedal.

He popped the clutch too quickly and stalled the car.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: clutch
he/she/it: clutches
present participle: clutching
past tense: clutched
past participle: clutched
singular: clutch
plural: clutches
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