One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was clutching a pewter tankard’
grip, grasp, clasp, cling to, hang on to, clench, hold
1‘a clutch of eggs’
group, batch, nestful
2‘a clutch of holiday cottages’
group, collection, set, quantity, raft
handful, fistful, armful
informal load, bunch
‘she saved herself from falling further by clutching at a branch’
reach for, snatch at, make a grab for, catch at, claw at
grab, seize, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, grab hold of, seize hold of, take hold of
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