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English noun: clutch

1. clutch (act) the act of grasping

SamplesHe released his clasp on my arm.
He has a strong grip for an old man.
She kept a firm hold on the railing.

Synonymsclasp, clench, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

Broader (hypernym)grasping, prehension, seizing, taking hold

Narrower (hyponym)choke hold, chokehold, embrace, embracement, embracing, wrestling hold

2. clutch (state) a tense critical situation

SamplesHe is a good man in the clutch.

Broader (hypernym)temporary state

3. clutch (group) a number of birds hatched at the same time

Broader (hypernym)brood

4. clutch (group) a collection of things or persons to be handled together


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

Narrower (hyponym)schmear, schmeer, shmear

5. clutch (artifact) a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand

Synonymsclutch bag

Broader (hypernym)bag, handbag, pocketbook, purse

6. clutch (artifact) a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism

SamplesHe smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other.

Synonymsclutch pedal

Broader (hypernym)foot lever, foot pedal, pedal, treadle

Part meronymclutch

7. clutch (artifact) a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism

SamplesThis year's model has an improved clutch.

Broader (hypernym)coupler, coupling

Narrower (hyponym)freewheel, friction clutch

Part holonymclutch, clutch pedal

Part meronymtransmission, transmission system

English verb: clutch

1. clutch (contact) take hold of; grab

SamplesThe sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter.
She clutched her purse.
The mother seized her child by the arm.
Birds of prey often seize small mammals.

Synonymsprehend, seize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)get hold of, take

Narrower (hyponym)apprehend, arrest, capture, catch, catch, clasp, claw, clench, clinch, collar, collar, cop, get, grab, grab, grapple, grip, grip, nab, nab, nail, pick up, rack, snap, snatch, snatch up, take hold of

2. clutch (contact) hold firmly, usually with one's hands

SamplesShe clutched my arm when she got scared.

Synonymscling to, hold close, hold tight

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

Narrower (hyponym)cuddle, draw close, nest, nestle, nuzzle, snuggle

3. clutch (cognition) affect

SamplesFear seized the prisoners.
The patient was seized with unbearable pains.
He was seized with a dreadful disease.

Synonymsget hold of, seize

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm

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