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 for clutches
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  clutches \clutches\ n.
     1. the act of grasping.
     Syn: clasp, clench, clutch, grasp, grip, hold.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     2. control; power; -- used in the phrase in one's clutches.
        Same as clutch[2].

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he
           has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on
           the railing" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches,
           grasp, grip, hold]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "clutches":
     administration, authority, claws, command, control, digits,
     disposition, domination, dominion, empery, empire, fangs,
     fingernails, fingers, governance, government, grasp, grip, gripe,
     hand, hands, helm, hold, hooks, iron hand, jaws, jurisdiction,
     mandibles, mastership, mastery, maxillae, meathooks, mitts, nails,
     nippers, palm, pincers, pounces, power, raj, regnancy, reign,
     reins of government, rule, sovereignty, sway, talons, teeth,
     unguals, ungulae

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