Across the aisle, a couple in their late thirties sat down, clutching the same Disney Cruise Line travel packet as I had.
Later Rain tells me she had never heard of Weeks, the girl who was clutching her like her favorite sorority sister.
He slouched in his chair, clutching a crumpled charcoal blazer in his arms, and kept fidgeting.
The ladies beside me were clutching their iPhones in what appeared to be death grips.
Her cellphone, which she was clutching in her lap, was bedazzled with hundreds of shiny white crystals.
Her fingers were clutching and releasing the arms of the chair.
But both of his hands were clutching the rail of the bridge.
clutching a pile of clothing and a pair of slippers, Nasen returned.
Tiara almost fell, clutching the footboard of the bed for support.
Jim Cleve had reacted to the strain, and he was white, with nervous, clutching hands and piercing glances.
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.
"a claw, grip, grasp," c.1300, from cloche "claw," from cloke (c.1200), related to clucchen, clicchen (see clutch (v.)). Meaning "grasping hand" (1520s) led to that of "tight grasp" (1784). Related: Clutches.
movable mechanical part for transmitting motion, 1814, from clutch (v.), with the "seizing" sense extended to "device for bringing working parts together." Originally of mill-works, first used of motor vehicles 1899. Meaning "moment when heroics are required" is attested from 1920s.
"a brood, a nest" in reference to chickens, eggs, 1721, from clekken "to hatch" (c.1400). Said by OED to be apparently a southern England dialect word. Cf. batch/bake. Probably from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse klekja "to hatch"), perhaps of imitative origin (cf. cluck (v.)).
done or accomplished in a critical situation: a clutch hitter/ clutch play
(also clutch up) To panic; be seized with anxiety: If that's what's got you clutched up, don't worry about it (1950s+)