The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clutch \Clutch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clutched (kl[u^]cht); p.
pr. & vb. n. Clutching.] [OE. clucchen. See Clutch, n.]
1. To seize, clasp, or grip with the hand, hands, or claws;
-- often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
A man may set the poles together in his head, and
clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.
Is this a dagger which I see before me . . . ?
Come, let me clutch thee. --Shak.
2. To close tightly; to clinch.
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand. --Shak.