clutch noun

1 sb/sth's clutches sb/sth's power/control

VERB + CLUTCH fall into She fell into the clutches of the rebel forces. | escape (from)

PREP. in sb's ~ They had him in their clutches. | out of sb's ~ Once she was out of their clutches, she fled across the border.

2 in a car

VERB + CLUTCH drop, engage, put your foot on | disengage, let in/out, release, take your foot off Put it into first gear and let the clutch out slowly. | ride (= to keep in a state between full engagement and disengagement) The driver at the traffic lights was riding his clutch.

CLUTCH + VERB engage | disengage | slip