clutch


clutch
clutch
clutch1 or clutch bag [kluch]
vt.
[ME clucchen < OE clyccan, to clench (infl. in meaning by ME cloke, a claw) < IE * glek- (> CLING) < base * gel-: see CLIMB]
1. to grasp, seize, or snatch with a hand or claw
2. to grasp or hold eagerly or tightly
vi.
1. to snatch or seize (at)
2. to engage the clutch of an automobile, etc.
3. Informal to become tense with anxiety, fear, etc.: often with up
n.
[ME clucche < the v.]
1. a claw or hand in the act of seizing
2. [usually pl.] power; control
3.
a) the act of clutching
b) a grasp; grip
4.
a) a mechanical, electromagnetic, or hydraulic device for engaging a driving shaft to, or disengaging it from, a driven shaft
b) the lever or pedal, as in an automobile, by which this device is operated
5. a device for gripping and holding, as in a crane
6. a woman's small handbag with no handle or strap, held in the hand: also clutch bag
7. Informal a critical situation or emergency [dependable in the clutch]
adj.
Informal
1. designating or done in a critical situation
2. likely to function well or be successful in such a situation
SYN.- TAKE
clutch2 [kluch]
vt.
[dial. < ME clekken (< ON klekja), to hatch]
Rare to hatch (chicks)
n.
1. a nest of eggs
2. a brood of chicks
3. a number of persons, animals, or things gathered together; cluster

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