• He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him
    He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clutch affect "Fear seized the prisoners","The patient was seized with unbearable pains","He was seized with a dreadful disease"
    • v clutch take hold of; grab "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter","She clutched her purse","The mother seized her child by the arm","Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
    • v clutch hold firmly, usually with one's hands "She clutched my arm when she got scared"
    • n clutch the act of grasping "he released his clasp on my arm","he has a strong grip for an old man","she kept a firm hold on the railing"
    • n clutch a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism "this year's model has an improved clutch"
    • n clutch 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"
    • n clutch a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
    • n clutch a collection of things or persons to be handled together
    • n clutch a number of birds hatched at the same time
    • n clutch a tense critical situation "he is a good man in the clutch"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Breaking a Death-Clutch from Behind Breaking a Death-Clutch from Behind
Breaking a Death-Clutch from the Front Breaking a Death-Clutch from the Front

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clutch (Mach) A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
    • Clutch A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp. "The clutch of poverty.""An expiring clutch at popularity.""But Age, with his stealing steps,
      Hath clawed me in his clutch ."
    • Clutch Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
    • Clutch 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. "I must have . . . little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant."
    • Clutch (Zoöl) The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
    • Clutch to become too tense or frightened to perform properly; used sometimes with up; as, he clutched up on the exam.
    • Clutch To close tightly; to clinch. "Not that I have the power to clutch my hand."
    • Clutch To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at.
    • Clutch To seize, clasp, or grip with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power. "A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.""Is this a dagger which I see before me . . . ?
      Come, let me clutch thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clutch To grasp tightly or firmly; seize, clasp, or grip strongly: as, to clutch a dagger.
    • clutch To close tightly; clench.
    • clutch To fasten.
    • clutch To get; gain.
    • clutch Specifically To seize (a clutch of eggs); take from the clutch.
    • clutch To snatch, or endeavor to snatch; try to grasp or seize: with at.
    • n clutch A grasp or hold; specifically, a strong grip upon anything.
    • n clutch In machinery: A movable coupling or locking and unlocking contrivance, used for transmitting motion, or for disconnecting moving parts of machinery. See bayonet-clutch, friction-clutch, etc.
    • n clutch The cross-head of a piston-rod.
    • n clutch The paw, talon, or claw of a rapacious animal.
    • n clutch Figuratively, the hand, as representing power; hence, power of disposal or control; mastery: chiefly in the plural: as, to fall into the clutches of an enemy.
    • n clutch A hatch of eggs; the number of eggs incubated at any one time; in the case of the domestic hen, specifically, thirteen eggs.
    • clutch A dialectal variant of cluck.
    • n clutch Nautical: A forked stanchion.
    • n clutch The throat of a patent anchor.
    • n clutch Oyster spawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clutch kluch to close the hand: to carry off: to hold firmly: to seize or grasp
    • n Clutch a grasp; seizure
    • n Clutch kluch (prov.) a brood of chickens, a 'sitting' of eggs
    • v.t Clutch to hatch
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  • W. J. Wetherby
    W. J. Wetherby
    “Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversaries?”
  • Elias Canetti
    “The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch is, and it darts away.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.”


Clutch at straws - If someone is in serious trouble and tries anything to help them, even though their chances of success are probably nil, they are clutching at straws.
Clutch play - If an activity is referred to as a clutch play, it means that the activity was the key to the success or failure of the venture. For instance, a clutch play in a baseball game may be striking out a batter with the bases loaded.
Succeed in the clutch - If you succeed in the clutch, you perform at a crucial time; it is particularly used in sports for the decisive moments of the game. The opposite is 'fail in the clutch.'


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cloche, cloke, claw, Scot. clook, cleuck, also OE. cleche, claw, clechen, cleken, to seize; cf. AS. gelæccan,where ge-, is a prefix) to seize. Cf. Latch a catch


In literature:

As the full fury of the storm swooped upon him, enwrapping him, and clutching at his breath, for an instant Pete Noel quailed.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He clutched it as a child clutches a doll for comfort.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
As he paused, a doubt clutched his heart in an icy grip.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
He had stopped pumping and was clutching at the Professor's arm with one hand while he pointed down with the other.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
I sat there, clutching the vibrating rod, and I watched the swordfish as the swells lifted him.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
There was none among them more careful than these two brothers, one of whom was called Clutch, and the other Kind.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
She sat in silence for a long time, thinking, a great fear clutching at her heart.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
Eileen gasped and clutched at her bosom in terror.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
The shaking, bony hands clutched nervously at the crystal.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Huntington's outstretched hands had indeed fallen to his side, but they still clutched the crumpled bills.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham

In poetry:

Better still
The proverb says that monks and women are
The devil's clutches; and I'm tossed to-day
From one to th' other.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Crusaders once with sword and shield
The Holy Land to save;
From Moslem hands did strive to clutch
The dear Redeemer's grave.
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And oft she trips, and oft she falls,
And oft her gown is torn,
And oft her tender skin is pierced
By many a clutching thorn.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Forever to the new it guides,
From former good, old overmuch;
What Nature for her poets hides,
'Tis wiser to divine than clutch.
"The Foot-Path" by James Russell Lowell
Yet still in his pallid fingers
He clutched the golden bowl,
In which, like a pearl dissolving,
Had sunk and dissolved his soul.
"By The Fireside : King Witlaf's Drinking-horn" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I thought of her, the golden girl,
My life, my love, nigh spent,
Nigh death, with fever clutching her,
And what his coming meant.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn

In news:

Kuchar comes up clutch at Sawgrass .
Kuchar comes up clutch at Sawgrass.
Greg Holland of Australia sent this photo of a White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) clutching a sea snake.
The selector is accessible in three ways: At
Here's the deal with self-adjusting clutches.
I own a 2007 Toyota Matrix, and when I started stalling more often due to the clutch, I asked the dealer to adjust it.
Opera's notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful, young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love.
KMS Performance is excited to offer a new CNC clutch sheave for the Yamaha Rhino.
A CNC Machined clutch sheave is designed to allow the rollers to expand further than an OEM sheave .
J udy Graham, owner of Clutch in Larchmont, raves about this glitzy update on the workhorse canvas tote by Vanessa Bruno of Paris.
HOUSTON A hand descending from heaven as it clutches a basketball is tattooed on Jamie Skeen 's right arm.
Tied 21-21 at the half with twelfth-ranked Montana on Saturday, No 11 Appalachian State made key plays on offense and defense down the stretch in the clutch.
Avid has now released an aluminum topshaft for Kyosho RB5 and RB6 owners to use in conjunction with their popular Triad Slipper Clutch.
Kyosho RB5 and RB6 owners can now run the AVID Triad Slipper Clutch next-generation in slipper clutch.

In science:

The spaces L0,S with arbitrary number of white and black points, and more generally, the stacks Lg ,S , are necessary to make the whole system closed with respect to the clutching (operadic) morphisms.
Moduli stacks $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
They include clutching morphisms (translating into operadic composition laws), forgetting morphisms, and repainting white to black morphisms.
Moduli stacks $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
Our main example is that of the clutching construction for elliptic projective pseudo-differential operators.
Applying geometric K-cycles to fractional indices
The clutching construction can be performed for torsion twists and gives an isomorphism between the twisted K -theory of the cotangent bundle, the container for K -theory data of symbols of elliptic pro jective pseudo-differential operators, and the pro jective K -homology.
Applying geometric K-cycles to fractional indices
On the other hand, a number of constructions considered here seem to require the flexibility offered by pro jective cycles; a prototypical example is the clutching construction discussed in the previous paragraph.
Applying geometric K-cycles to fractional indices