• 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
    • n clutches 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"
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Clutches the hands or paws: cruelty: rapacity
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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.'


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. cloche, cloke, claw; prob. allied to M. E. clechen—A.S. gelæccan. Cf. Latch.


In literature:

He lay there groaning in the fierce clutches of rheumatic fever.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Should he again fall into their clutches, there would be but slight chance of a second escape.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Jason clutched the grip and rested his elbow on a metal loop.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
He reached forward, clutched the boy's shirt, and with an ugly laugh jerked him to his feet.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Zeke saved himself from falling only by a quick clutch on the open port.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
The flaunting head-piece of eagle feathers fell indeed away, clutched in the hand of Little Tim.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
She wanted to clutch at him, hold him in spite of himself.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He saw men clutch at their throats and topple from the saddle.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
As soon as the engine begins to fire, the faces of the clutches slip over one another.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
They tore madly along the smooth sand, breakers clutching at the flying wheels.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Both his heels in wrath are digging
Trenches in the grassy soil,
And his fingers clutch and loosen,
Dreaming of the Persian spoil.
"Abu Midjan" by Archibald Lampman
"Support thee. Root thy finger's clutch
Into my stem, this pride
Of rough-barked grandeur, shadowy grace,
Nor seek another bride."
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Did she think it me or--what,
Clutching her dress?
Her face so pinched that not
A star in a stormy spot
Shows half as much distress.
"The Eve Of All-Saints" by Madison Julius Cawein
My people clutched at freedom.—
Though others' wills they chained,—
But made the Law and kept it,—
And Beauty, they restrained.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
O world invisible, we view thee,
O world intangible, we touch thee,
O world unknowable, we know thee,
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee!
"The Kingdom of God" by Francis Thompson
And I have fought him vein by vein,
Loosened his cold and creeping clutch,
Driven him from her--twice and thrice--
With might too much.
"Love In Extremis" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Denver avoids elimination as Lakers late rally falls short The Lakers mounted a late rally, sparked by a number of clutch 3-pointers by Kobe Bryant, but were unable to catch Denver.
At the Military Tribunal, around the corner from the grand statue of a helmeted and booted soldier clutching a book and the scales of justice, is a series of bulletin boards with a list of 2,135 names.
Raffia and faux leather clutch, Rachel Rachel Roy, $79.
As horn-emulating keyboards jaunt through the song, the singer clutches the microphone and sings, "Me name ah Casper Rastafari Native, mon.".
Ladies perched proudly in their Sunday best clutching tiny umbrellas.
I saw someone clutching one of these.
Wrest yourself from her tentacular clutch.
A-Rod grimaced and crumpled to the ground, clutching his side.
Moving to the clutch side, remove the right crank case cover.
ON a steamy Saturday morning, Frankie Mae Estes made her way through the Crescent City Farmers Market in the Warehouse District, clutching a bound book of pale green coupons.
Not all of the Yankees failed in clutch situations tonight.
The purse I clutched in my ha...
Devon Saddler 's 14 points, clutch free throws help Delaware take down Virginia 59-53.
Slipper Clutch Adjustment with Kyosho's Jared Tebo.
Jared Tebo runs us through his routine on properly adjusting the slipper clutch on the RB5.

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 $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
We can now clutch together pairs of sections corresponding to the halves of one and the same edge.
Moduli stacks $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
This has a geometric interpretation upon considering the Birkhoff decomposition of a loop around the origin, providing the clutching data for the two half-spheres defined by that very loop, which is central in the work of Connes and Kreimer [34, 35].
Hopf algebra approach to Feynman diagram calculations
Lindemann. A geometric clutch hypothesis to explain oscillations of the axoneme of cilia and flagella. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms