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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLUTCH

For the hand he held was shaking like some slender-stalked lily in the clutch of the sirocco.

There was a clutch on her throat just then, which would not relax at the call of her will.

"Brake foot, clutch foot," said Johnny, and closed his eyes again.

The most easy to understand is the clutch, a model of which I have on the table.

The old hands stretched out as if to clutch hers--then fell inert.

Quietly the latter threw in the clutch for the third speed—and the fourth.

Stronger than the physical restraint of the stick was the clutch of the camp upon her.

The clutch of fear made him shout their names, though he knew they could not hear.

They clutch hold of you at the back of your head just as if somebody were breathing down your back.

He scrambled after it, but it dodged his clutch and rolled and bounded on.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English clyccan "bring together, bend (the fingers), clench," from PIE *klukja- (cf. Swedish klyka "clamp, fork;" related to cling). Meaning "to grasp" is early 14c.; that of "to seize with the claws or clutches" is from late 14c. Sense of "hold tightly and close" is from c.1600. Influenced in meaning by Middle English cloke "a claw." Related: Clutched; clutching.

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