|Origin:||cletch 'clutch' (17-19 centuries), from cleck 'to hatch' (15-19 centuries), from Old Norse klekja|
the pedal that you press with your foot when driving a vehicle in order to change gear,or the part of the vehicle that this controls
the power, influence, or control that someone has:
a small boy trying to escape from his mother's clutches
in somebody's clutches
She'll have him in her clutches soon enough.
a small group of similar things:
a clutch of eggs (=the number of eggs laid by a bird at one time)
a clutch of young mothers
a tight hold that someone has on something [= grip, grasp]:
I shook myself free of her clutch.