Wallet vs Clutch - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between wallet and clutch
is that wallet
is a small case, often flat and often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc while clutch
is the claw of a predatory animal or bird or clutch
can be a brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs.
As a verb clutch is
to seize, as though with claws.
As an adjective clutch is
(us) performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
A small case, often flat and often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc.
(by extension, slang) A person's bank account or assets.
- The thief stole all the money and credit cards out of the old man's wallet .
A thick case or folder with plastic sleeves in which compact discs may be stored.
- It's unknown if the pro running back's recent sex scandal will hit him in the wallet or not.
(archaic) A bag or pouch.
- I won an auction online for a cheap CD wallet .
- He brought with him a large wallet with some provisions for the road.
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) .
* (l), (l), (l) (dialectal)
* (l), (l), (l), (l) (dialectal)
* (l) (obsolete)
To seize, as though with claws.
- to clutch power
- A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.
To grip or grasp tightly.
- Is this a dagger which I see before me ? / Come, let me clutch thee.
- She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.
- 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.
- the clutch of poverty
* Bishop Stillingfleet
- an expiring clutch at popularity
* 1919 ,
- I must have little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant.
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
- 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.
(US) An important or critical situation.
- 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.
* clutch bag (small handbag)
(US) Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
* 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.
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.
a (l) (device between engine and gearbox )
- trå in clutchen - step on the clutch