clutch

Part of speech: verb

To seize eagerly; grasp firmly.

Part of speech: verb

To snatch; catch; with at.

Part of speech: noun

A powerful grasp; tight grip; an attempt at seizure.

Part of speech: noun

A talon, claw, paw, or hand.

Part of speech: noun

A device for transmitting power, as by friction.

Part of speech: noun

A setting of eggs; a brood.

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Usage examples "clutch":

  1. He firmly released himself from her clutch. - "The Son of his Father", Ridgwell Cullum.
  2. He took her hand in his with a clutch in his throat which made reply difficult; but his glance expressed the adoration which filled his heart. - "They of the High Trails", Hamlin Garland.
  3. He was sobbing as much from anxiety as from the violence of his exertions when he tore Appleton from the clutch of the black man and set him on his feet. - "The Iron Trail", Rex Beach.