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  1. (verb-transitive) To grasp and hold tightly.
  2. (verb-transitive) To seize; snatch.
  3. (verb-intransitive) To attempt to grasp or seize: clutch at a life raft.
  4. (verb-intransitive) To engage or disengage a motor vehicle's clutch.
  5. (noun) A hand, claw, talon, or paw in the act of grasping.
  6. (noun) A tight grasp.
  7. (noun) Control or power. Often used in the plural: caught in the clutches of sin.
  8. (noun) A device for gripping and holding.
  9. (noun) Any of various devices for engaging and disengaging two working parts of a shaft or of a shaft and a driving mechanism.
  10. (noun) The apparatus, such as a lever or pedal, that activates one of these devices.
  11. (noun) A tense, critical situation: came through in the clutch.
  12. (noun) A clutch bag.
  13. (adjective) Informal Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
  14. (adjective) Informal Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
  15. (noun) The complete set of eggs produced or incubated at one time.
  16. (noun) A brood of chickens.
  17. (noun) A group; a bunch.
  18. (verb-transitive) To hatch (chicks).

Examples by Wordnik

  1. I shouldn't be surprised, I guess, since the car has 158,000 miles on it, and the clutch is the original one. - Aw hell...
  2. Jose Mesa stepping up in the clutch is a whole other matter. - American League Baseball - Mariners vs. White Sox
  3. Alex Rodriguez could be the game's best player now coming through in clutch situations. - Yankees and Phillies on track for a tight Series
  4. The 2010 Mazda2's clutch is watery, the Hankook tires squeak like stepped-on mice, the electric steering is as numb as an ice-road trucker's bottom. - Mazda's Hot Hatch
  5. Now, as a card-carrying member of the Jason Campbell Haters Club, I was happy enough to meticulously run through Campbell's performance in clutch situations last season. - Has Donovan McNabb been unclutch?


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