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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Clutch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clutched p. pr. & vb. n. Clutching.]
 1. To seize, clasp, or grip with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
    A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.   --Collier.
 Is this a dagger which I see before me . . . ?
 Come, let me clutch thee.   --Shak.
 2. To close tightly; to clinch.
    Not that I have the power to clutch my hand.   --Shak.