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Clutch vs Clash - What's the difference?

clutch | clash |

As verbs the difference between clutch and clash

is that clutch is to seize, as though with claws while clash is to make a loud clash.

As nouns the difference between clutch and clash

is that clutch is the claw of a predatory animal or bird or clutch can be a brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs while clash is (onomatopoeia) a loud sound.

As an adjective clutch

is (us) performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) clucchen, clicchen, cluchen, clechen, cleken, from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) , of uncertain origin, with the form probably assimilated to the verb. Alternative etymology derives Old English clyccan from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (l), (l), (l) (dialectal) * (l), (l), (l), (l) (dialectal) * (l) (obsolete)


  • To seize, as though with claws.
  • to clutch power
  • * Collier
  • A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Is this a dagger which I see before me ? / Come, let me clutch thee.
  • To grip or grasp tightly.
  • She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Not that I have the power to clutch my hand.


  • The claw of a predatory animal or bird.
  • (by extension) A grip, especially one seen as rapacious or evil.
  • * Cowper
  • the clutch of poverty
  • * Carlyle
  • an expiring clutch at popularity
  • * Bishop Stillingfleet
  • I must have little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant.
  • * 1919 ,
  • You scold yourself; you know it is only your nerves—and yet, and yet... In a little while it is impossible to resist the terror that seizes you, and you are helpless in the clutch of an unseen horror.
  • A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car.
  • The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
  • Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
  • A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • The clutch which I had made to save myself in falling had torn away this chin-band and let the lower jaw drop on the breast; but little else was disturbed, and there was Colonel John Mohune resting as he had been laid out a century ago.
  • (US) An important or critical situation.
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  • Synonyms
    * clutch bag (small handbag)


    (en adjective)
  • (US) Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
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  • * 2009 , Scott Trocchia, The 2006 Yankees: The Frustration of a Nation, A Fan's Perspective , page 21:
  • I start with his most obvious characteristic: he was clutch'. He is Mr. '''Clutch'''. In the last chapter I mentioned that Bernie Williams was '''clutch''', which was a valid assessment, but nobody on the Yankees was as ' clutch as Jeter was.
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  • Etymology 2

    Variant form of (cletch), from (etyl) .


  • A brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs.
  • A group or bunch (of people or things).
  • * 2012 , The Economist, 22nd Sep., Innovation in Government: Britain's Local Labs
  • No longer would Britons routinely blame the national government when things went wrong. Instead they would demand action from a new clutch of elected mayors, police commissioners and the like.

    Alternative forms



  • a (l) (device between engine and gearbox )
  • clutch pedal
  • trå in clutchen - step on the clutch


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  • (onomatopoeia) A loud sound.
  • I heard a clash from the kitchen, and rushed in to find the cat had knocked over some pots and pans.
  • (military) A skirmish, a hostile encounter.
  • (sports) a match; a game between two sides.
  • * 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
  • But they ran out of time and inspiration as Les Bleus set up a deserved semi-final clash with Wales.
  • An angry argument
  • Opposition; contradiction; such as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes etc.
  • a clash of beliefs
    a personality clash
  • A combination of garments that do not look good together, especially because of conflicting colours.
  • She was wearing a horrible clash of red and orange.
  • (hurling) An instance of restarting the game after a "dead ball", where it is dropped between two opposing players, who can fight for possession.
  • Verb

  • to make a loud clash
  • The plates clashed to the floor.
  • to come into violent conflict
  • Fans from opposing teams clashed on the streets after the game.
  • to argue angrily
  • My parents often clashed about minor things, such as the cleaning or shopping rota.
  • (of clothes) to not look good together.
  • You can't wear that shirt, as it clashes with your trousers.
    She looked so trashy, her lipstick and jewellery all clashed .
  • (of events) to coincide, to happen at the same time, thereby rendering it impossible to attend all.
  • I can't come to your wedding as it clashes with a friend's funeral.
  • (in games or sports) to face each other in an important game.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2008 , date=June 27 , author= , title=Jones confirms Calzaghe showdown , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The veteran American legend claims he and Welsh two-weight world champion Calzaghe will clash on 20 September, probably at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. }}