(usually in the plural) Grasp; possession; control.
Third person singular simple present of to clutch.
Clutches Sentence Examples
Man is in the clutches of fate (ix.
The truce of Ratisbon (Regensburg) imposed upon Spain completed the work of the peace of Nijmwegen (1684); and thenceforward Louis XIV.s terrified allies avoided his clutches while making ready to fight him.
Pulleys may be detachably connected to a shaft by friction clutches, so that they may be thrown in and out of engagement at will.
But the demon lord had Deidre in his clutches and let her go.
The maximum load on the engine is thus greater and more power is required than for fixed drums. Steam consumption is economized, whenever possible, by throwing in the clutches of both drums and hoisting in balance.