clutch - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of equipment in a vehicle that you press with your foot when you change gear
  2. 2
    [singular] a firm hold that you have on someone or something, usually because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them
  3. 3
    [countable] a set of eggs that a chicken produces at one time, or the chickens that come from those eggs
  4. 4


    [plural] power or control that someone has over you that you want to escape from

    They fled the country to escape the clutches of the secret police.

  5. 5
    [countable] a small group of people or things

    This is the best of the recent clutch of political biographies.