Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun clutch

7 senses of clutch

Sense 1
clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold -- (the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing")
       => grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension -- (the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles))

Sense 2
clutch -- (a tense critical situation; "he is a good man in the clutch")
       => temporary state -- (a state that continues for a limited time)

Sense 3
clutch -- (a number of birds hatched at the same time)
       => brood -- (the young of an animal cared for at one time)

Sense 4
batch, clutch -- (a collection of things or persons to be handled together)
       => collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage -- (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Sense 5
clutch bag, clutch -- (a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand)
       => bag, handbag, pocketbook, purse -- (a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb")

Sense 6
clutch, clutch pedal -- (a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism; "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other")
       => pedal, treadle, foot pedal, foot lever -- (a lever that is operated with the foot)

Sense 7
clutch -- (a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism; "this year's model has an improved clutch")
       => coupling, coupler -- (a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb clutch

3 senses of clutch

Sense 1
seize, prehend, clutch -- (take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals")
       => take, get hold of -- (get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please")

Sense 2
cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutch -- (hold firmly, usually with one's hands; "She clutched my arm when she got scared")
       => hold, take hold -- (have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him")

Sense 3
seize, clutch, get hold of -- (affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease")
       => overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake -- (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

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