What does the word clutch mean?

Usage examples for clutch

  1. 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 by Hamlin Garland
  2. 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 by Rex Beach
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