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in the clutch

Slang definitions & phrases for in the clutch

in the clutch

adverb phrase

At the moment when heroic performance under pressure is needed: He's a good one to have around in the clutch

[1920s+; probably a baseball term originally]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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