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verb [with object]
grasp or seize (something) tightly or eagerly: he stood clutching a microphone | [no object] figurative : Mrs. Longhill clutched at the idea.
• become nervous and panicked: doctors could clutch up and lose control as easily as anyone.
1 a tight grasp or an act of grasping something: she made a clutch at his body.
• (someone's clutches) a person's power or control, especially when perceived as cruel or inescapable: she escaped the clutches of her temperamental family.
2 a mechanism for connecting and disconnecting a vehicle engine from its transmission system.
• the pedal operating a vehicle's clutch.
3 North American a slim, flat handbag without handles or a strap.
adjective (US informal)
(in sport) denoting or occurring in a critical situation in which the outcome of a game or competition is at stake: they both are hard-nosed players who seem to thrive in clutch situations.
• (of a player or action) achieving or characterized by success at a critical moment in a game or competition: a clutch quarterback | clutch free-throw shooting.
Middle English (in the sense ‘bend, crook’): variant of obsolete clitch ‘close the hand’, from Old English clyccan ‘crook, clench’, of Germanic origin.
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1 a precious shiny grayish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47. (Symbol: Ag)
A transition metal, silver is found in nature as the native metal as well as in combined form in ore minerals. It is valued for use in jewelry and other ornaments and formerly in coins, and the decomposition of silver salts by the action of light (depositing metallic silver) is the basis of film photography.
2 a shiny gray-white color or appearance like that of silver: the dark hair was now highlighted with silver.
3 silver dishes, containers, or cutlery: thieves stole $5,000 worth of silver | the family silver.
• household cutlery of any material: it is important to wash table silver in hot soapy water immediately after each meal.
4 coins made from silver or from a metal that resembles silver.
5 short for silver medal = second prize
[attributive] US denoting a twenty-fifth anniversary.
Silver anniversary: a celebration of the 25th year of something, usually a marriage.
every dark cloud has a silver lining
proverb every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect, even though this may not be immediately apparent.
the silver screen
the movie industry; movies collectively: stars of the silver screen.
be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
be born into a wealthy family of high social standing.
Old English seolfor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber.