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But those who are caught in the clutches of celebrity at the age of twenty know nothing.

It was with the greatest difficulty that I was delivered from the clutches of this demoniac.

But the cage was pulling apart in his clutches as if made of reeds.

Once in their clutches, and there would be no pardon and no indemnity.

"He is in the clutches of the Holy Office," answered Cavalcanti miserably.

There is no question but that our business is to avoid by all means getting into his clutches.

If he disbelieved his mother, how long would she be able to keep it from his clutches?

Do you still remember how I tore you out of the clutches of the police?

"We are merely here to save a young lady from that villain's clutches," said Reg.

And again his author was snatched out of Mr. Vandeford's clutches.

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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