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verb clutch pronunciation in American English /klʌtʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclutch
he/she/itclutches
present participleclutching
past tenseclutched
past participleclutched
  1. [transitive] to hold someone or something firmly, for example because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them
    Women clutched small children as they left.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to try to take hold of someone or something because you are afraid or in pain, or in order to stop yourself from falling
      clutch at: An officer stumbled and clutched at the handrail.
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