clutch
noun.
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
noun.
a tense critical situation
he is a good man in the clutch
noun.
a number of birds hatched at the same time
noun.
a collection of things or persons to be handled together
Synonym: batch
noun.
a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
Synonym: clutch bag
noun.
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
Synonym: clutch pedal
noun.
a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
this year's model has an improved clutch
verb.
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
Synonym: prehend, seize
verb.
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
She clutched my arm when she got scared
verb.
affect
Fear seized the prisoners|The patient was seized with unbearable pains|He was seized with a dreadful disease
Synonym: get hold of, seize