Definition of "Clutch" :
noun: the act of grasping
noun: a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
"This year's model has an improved clutch."
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."
noun: a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
noun: a collection of things or persons to be handled together
noun: a number of birds hatched at the same time
noun: a tense critical situation
"He is a good man in the clutch."
verb: take hold of; grab
"She clutched her purse."
verb: hold firmly, usually with one's hands
"She clutched my arm when she got scared."