- a mechanism for readily engaging or disengaging a shaft with or from another shaft or rotating part.Compare coupling (def. 2a).
- a control, as a pedal, for operating this mechanism.
Idioms about clutch
Origin of clutch1
synonym study for clutch
OTHER WORDS FROM clutchclutch·ing·ly, adverbclutch·y, adjective
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How to use clutch in a sentence
The Zero FXA standard-issue gas-powered motorcycle requires that its rider shift gears by pulling in the clutch with your left hand and changing gears with your left foot.I rode an electric motorcycle for the first time. Here’s what I learned.|Rob Verger|December 10, 2020|Popular-Science
In a time when a quick run to the grocery store for coffee filters isn’t always an option, this set’s filter-free design is particularly clutch.The Most Coveted Gear of 2020, According to Our Editors|Will Taylor, Jeremy Rellosa, Ariella Gintzler, and Maren Larsen|December 9, 2020|Outside Online
That clutch production earned her the 2015 Honda Sports Award as the national player of the year.The Mewis Sisters Are Playing Soccer Together Again. This Time, It’s At The Highest Level.|Jenn Hatfield|December 8, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Jairus Hamilton, a transfer from Boston College, hit a clutch three-pointer early in that late run, and junior guard Eric Ayala nailed one a minute later.Maryland faces its first test against Mount St. Mary’s and passes with flying colors|Emily Giambalvo|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
The Terps never regained their composure even as they made a few clutch shots in the fourth quarter.No. 12 Maryland women lose their way on defense in an 81-72 defeat to No. 24 Missouri State|Ava Wallace|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss|Michael Daly|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As he entered the canyon, he clutched his chest and fell to the sidewalk.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius|Mark Whitaker|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The voices made me do it,” he said, and theatrically clutched both sides of his head.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane|Caitlin Dickson|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Contestants, huddled on the couches of a communal room, clutched their faces in shock and some broke into sobs.No One Told ‘Big Brother Israel’ About the War|Nina Strochlic|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each model clutched a Bloomsbury bag in one hand, all a variation on the new, hand-painted leather and suede piece.Art Takes the Runway at Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week|Liza Foreman|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ideal is not a thing to be clutched at, or taken by force, but all of the conditions—every tittle—must be fulfilled.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
I clutched at the straw you held out to me, and saved myself at a cost greater than the world can ever know.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
On landing, the old prince, trembling from top to toe, with despairing glance clutched the arm of the Governor for protection.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Engel called "Fourteen" and got out there, briefcase tightly clutched up under his arm, its flap unbuckled.
But he had no time for sentiment; he grabbed the reef-earring with his left hand, and clutched at the man with his right.The Chequers|James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for clutch (1 of 2)
Word Origin for clutch
British Dictionary definitions for clutch (2 of 2)
Word Origin for clutch
Other Idioms and Phrases with clutch
see grasp (clutch) at straws.