clutch at

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clutch at (someone or something)

To grasp at someone or something. The baby clutched at her mother and wailed. My daughter clutched at the string on the balloon so that it wouldn't fly away.
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clutch at someone or something

to grasp at or grab for someone or something. He clutched at the roots of the trees along the bank, but the flood swept him away. Karen clutched at me, but lost her grip.
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Figure 8 shows the release load characteristics of clutch at tip of diaphragm spring (F verses [x.
This, PT Tech said, eliminates clutch damage that can occur when an operator engages the clutch at high speed or if the hydraulic pressure is not high enough to safely transmit engine torque.