clutch at (someone or something)

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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.
See also: clutch

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.
See also: clutch
References in classic literature ?
They advanced, retreated, struck at one another's hands, clutched at one another's heads, spun round alone, caught one another and spun round in pairs, until many of them dropped.