1.Essential to success.
2. Tending to be successful in difficult situations.
To attempt to grasp or seize.
To grasp and hold tightly.
1. A grasp or a hand in the act of grasping.
2. Control or power.
3. A critical situation.
4. A device for gripping and holding (e.g. in a motor vehicle).
I clutched the gearshift in my hand and hit the clutch.
the crucial moment that comes between winning and losing
being able to perform under extreme pressure
(Derived from the clutch mechanism in a manual car, where perfect timing can mean the difference between a launch and a stall)