One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Ruth clasped his hand’
grasp, grip, clutch, hold tightly, hang on to, cling to
take hold of, seize, grab
2‘he clasped Joanne in his arms’
embrace, hug, enfold, fold, enclose, envelop, wrap
1‘a gold bracelet with a turquoise clasp’
fastener, fastening, catch, clip, pin
hook, hook and eye, buckle, hasp, lock
2‘his tight clasp’
embrace, hug, cuddle, hold, squeeze
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