clutch

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clutch
  • noun
    A tight grasp. (she made a clutch at his body)
    A mechanism for connecting and disconnecting an engine and the transmission system in a vehicle, or the working parts of any machine. (she let the clutch in and the car surged forward)
    A clutch bag.
    verb
    Grasp (something) tightly. (he stood clutching a microphone)
    adjective
    (in sport) denoting or occurring at a critical situation in which the outcome of a game or competition is at stake. (they both are hard-nosed players who seem to thrive in clutch situations)
  • noun
    A group of eggs fertilized at the same time, laid in a single session and (in birds) incubated together. (they lay fewer than ten eggs in a clutch)

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