In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(grasp)to make a clutch at sth — intentar agarrar algo
- she felt the clutch of the tentacle aperound her leg — sintió como el tentáculo le agarraba la pierna / se le aferraba a la pierna
- In the process, the notorious Captain's rapier fell from his clutches to catch a safe fall.
- Extracting himself from his friend's protective clutch, Jack stepped closer to his betrothed and her father.
- In one desperate clutch at a straw, the company announced that it would start trading in weather!
- You quickly tighten the clutch, as tight as you dare, then hang on!
- His cheeks burning red in response to his anger and hurt, his hold on his blankets turned to a clutch, his knuckles turning white from the strain.
- She squirmed within his grasp, trying to free herself from his clutch, but it was no use.
- She attempted to tear out of his grasp once again until she felt his hand tighten in a bone shattering clutch over her wrist.
- I harshly removed my arm from his clutch and yelled, ‘Why are you taking me out here?’
- He backed over to the phone, still warm from her clutch.
- He met it with a long looping header which went way beyond the desperate clutches of his opponent and into the far corner of the net.
- A shock of pain went from the impact of his clutch on my arms all the way down through my spine.
- I sighed, as I felt his clutch on my arm getting tighter.
- She dropped her sword because his clutch was so tight, she nearly passed out.
- But as spirits, they could find no clutch on the physical world.
- When I extricated myself from her clutches and got back to my seat, she turned to the woman beside me and said, ‘He must really love you.’
- A great weight released its clutch on our hearts when we discovered that we wouldn't have to do this the entire time.
1.2clutches pluralgarras feminineto be in/fall into sb's/sth's clutches — estar/caer en las garras de algn/algo
- But I didn't want to fall into the clutches of the local moneylenders.
- She moves out, leaving him in the clutches of the two strangers.
- The cold clutches of reality gripped her stomach with a death hold as she realized… It was all real.
- A demon child is rescued during infancy from the evil clutches of the Nazis.
- Fear gripped her in icy clutches despite the heat, and then, strangely, it ran down her skin in cold waves like snowmelt down a majestic mountain.
- No school and I was totally free from the clutches of evil Physics and Chemistry professors.
- And to force them away from evil clutches would mean fighting the Darkness face to face.
- The office-bearers have also promised to sustain the movement till the country is freed from the clutches of corruption.
- Smokers are not creatures of habit, smokers are people caught in the clutches of addiction.
- Can they escape the clutches of the next century's power mad phone company?
- Even though most males caught in her clutches never saw themselves as poor victims.
2.1(device)embrague masculineclutch masculine Mexico Colombia Central America Venezuelabefore noun clutch plate — disco del embrague masculine
- The clutch between the engine and traction motor is engaged, and electric motor used for bursts of acceleration.
- The fully automatic system requires no input from the driver and uses a computer controlled clutch that engages the rear wheels as needed.
- I was coasting up to a roundabout, foot on the clutch and with second gear already selected.
- Now move your feet on the clutch and brake, at the same time use the gear stick at your side.
- Two electronically controlled clutches deliver torque to the front wheels individually.
- Conventional automatic transmission systems do not have a clutch between the engine and the gearbox.
- As you feed your bike extra gas, making the engine race, re-engaging the clutch makes your machine shoot forward.
- A police report showed he could not have been unconscious at the time of the accident because investigations showed he had his foot on the brake and the clutch at the time of the crash.
- Ian shifted the gear lever into reverse, his left foot trembling, ready to release the clutch at the first opportunity.
- Central to the system is a multiplate clutch which controls the power delivery to the front wheels.
- He savagely gunned the engine and popped the clutch.
- So I depress the very heavy clutch, apply much effort to the he-man gearshift and off we rumble.
- I stepped on the clutch hard and fast, thinking Merlin might drive right over me.
- We were just attempting to start the car when the clutch jumped.
- Kate pushed in the clutch and turned the key in the ignition.
- I had a go on his bike and controlling the two brakes and clutch at the same time is quite a feat.
- There's not much space around the pedals which means if you have large feet like me, clutch and brake operation can be awkward.
- All the hydraulic fuel began to drain out and it was not long until the clutch ceased to function properly.
- Depress the clutch, change gear into neutral again, and apply brakes.
- In manual mode, drivers can go up or down gears without depressing the clutch.
- The gear sets and electric motors are separated by two electronic clutches.
- Petrol and diesel versions are offered and there is the option of a very slick electronic clutch which gives stress-free gear changing in traffic.
- The first display showed the insides of a four-stroke engine, clutch assembly, gearbox, propeller shaft and differential gear box.
- Our spiral retaining rings are used for clutches, transmissions and many other automotive components.
- Once the car is in motion, the clutch is operated electronically by the complicated gearbox software.
- With a grin, he stepped down on the clutch and turned the key.
- The clutch and gearbox are smooth, the seat seems comfy, the wind protection is very good.
- I slowly pushed the gas pedal downward and lifted my left foot off the clutch.
- At the end of the session the technicians inspected the car and found that the real problem was the clutch and not the gearbox.
- When the driver makes the gearshift, the first clutch is released and the second engages, so that the gear shift takes place in a fraction of a second.
- The dual-plate mechanical clutch has a pneumatic booster and three-range five-speed gearbox.
- Positioned between the engine and gearbox and using a dual clutch system, this works as both current generator and flywheel.
- While the first clutch is transmitting the power, the second clutch is ready to engage the next gear, which is pre-selected.
- ‘A lot of people use the clutch and the brake pedal in the wrong order,’ said Smyth.
2.2also clutch pedalpedal del embrague masculineembrague masculineclutch masculine Mexico Venezuela Central America Colombiato let out the clutch — soltar el embrague
- to put in / depress the clutch — apretar el embrague
1(difficult, crucial)clutch situation — situación de emergencia feminine
- Taking a step back, he felt a cold fear clutch at his chest as he forced himself to breathe.
- As he clutched his chest and fell to the ground in pain, he realized the horror of his mistake.
- Shadows out of the past clutch at my legs and drag me down.
- Standing in the witness box, she clutched her handbag to her body to stop her hands from shaking as she gave her evidence.
- The crying woman was clutching her cellphone and at first I thought she must be laughing.
- After a short drive around the camp they found a man lying in the bush clutching his leg.
- As we stood there awkwardly, clutching our bags, Aunt Rachel gazed at us thoughtfully.
- She froze, one hand gripping the doorknob and the other clutching the shawl tightly to her chest.
- It is rather painful however to watch her clutch at the chance for stardom with a diligence and a desperation that the film does not warrant.
- She yelled back, tightly clutching the seatbelt running diagonally down her chest.
- She was wearing tatty clothes and her grubby hands clutched dozens of plastic bags.
- The intruder then searched her bedroom and came down stairs clutching her handbag.
- One should neither look forward to coming experiences, nor clutch at present ones, but let them all slip easily through one's fingers.
- News photos showed one of the men clutching a grenade; relatives insist it was a mobile phone.
- He sits by the fire at a local hotel clutching the caffeine in one hand and the nicotine in the other.
- Too scared to speak, she drove, her eyes alternately on the road ahead and the hand clutching the gun.
- When he is informed that a young woman has arrived at his back door clutching a baby, near panic prevails.
- His wife, a petite blonde, stands beside him clutching a glass of wine and smiling stiffly.
- As it happens, the person at the door was a small man clutching a note book.
- Fortunately for me, I surface somehow clutching the rope on the side of the upturned raft.
- An hour later they realised he had returned and was now clutching a knife to his chest.
2(hold close, tightly)tener firmemente agarradohe came in clutching a bunch of flowers — entró con un ramo de flores en la mano
- she clutched the child to her breast — estrechó / apretó al niño contra su pecho
1to clutch at sth — tratar de agarrarse de algo
- she clutched at that faint hope — se aferró a aquel rayo de esperanza
1(of eggs)nidada feminine
- The female incubates the clutch of eggs, which can vary from 4 to 6, but usually consists of 5 eggs.
- During the three-month breeding season, a female can lay several hundred eggs in a number of separate clutches.
- The females lay small clutches of large eggs.
- Clutches of eggs from individual females were collected, and each clutch was split in half.
- He attributed increased mortality to inefficient incubation of enlarged clutches, which resulted in more dead embryos.
- Seven females produced a replacement clutch soon after the eggs from their first clutches disappeared.
- Females lay a single clutch per season, usually of three eggs, in a naturally occurring tree hollow.
- It would therefore take a single female 40-50 days to lay the maximum clutch that could be incubated.
- Once the male has fertilized a clutch of eggs, he carries them in his mouth for one to two weeks, until they hatch.
- It takes three to four days for all of the eggs in the clutch to hatch.
- Eggs are laid one a day and there is often a second clutch.
- All males had a similar-sized nest, but egg clutch size in the nests differed.
- We collected clutches, incubated the eggs, and took blood samples from hatching young.
- It is not uncommon for the female to be incubating the second clutch while the male is still tending the first.
- Males in two species are known to guard egg clutches and carry hatchlings on their backs.
- In fact, in five out of the seven cases the replacement clutch was laid in a different territory.
- Each intrusion was performed when the male was incubating the clutch and his mate was absent.
- These females were still observed feeding the fledglings while at the same time incubating their second clutch.
- Many other fish species build nests and fertilize large clutches of eggs externally.
- The female incubates her large clutch, and both parents tend the hatchlings.
2(group, bunch)puñado masculine
- This story appeared as one of a rotating clutch of stories under the the exciting group heading ‘Other News’.
- While tens of thousands race mountain bikes each year, it is truly a preciously small clutch of people who ensure these events ever come into being at all.
- But the beaches are superb and have attracted a small clutch of top-class hotels.
- The students have picked up a clutch of medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
- His unforgettable lead performance has already earned him a clutch of awards, including a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
- A clutch of girls bring her into the shop for bandages and comfort, and the normally slow, deliberative Michael finds himself supplying both.
- If you like jazz, head for the clutch of famous late-night bars - you can blow your mind away until dawn.
- That means fringe players could all be off-loaded in order to make way for a clutch of new faces.
- Today, thanks to the professional services offered by a clutch of landscape artists, gardening has assumed an altogether different dimension.
- The Scottish team will also feature a clutch of graduates from the Commonwealth Youth Games, which were hosted in Edinburgh two years ago.
- A clutch of business figures pondered which Scottish companies - outside the whisky firms - could be genuinely described as global.
- One of a clutch of forthcoming movies is Prime, about an older woman who falls in love with a much younger man.
- Despite having won a clutch of literary prizes and being regarded as an elder statesman of letters, he eschews the label of ‘celebrity’.
- The staff remain fiercely proud of their product, which has won a clutch of awards.
- Both short films won a clutch of awards at international festival level.
- The company has recruited a clutch of senior managers from car manufacturers.
- On the next wall, there is a clutch of figurative drawings from the early 1990s, some beautifully conceived and others unwieldy and amateurish.
- The champion cyclist had carried off a clutch of medals, awards and commendations, and been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
- I was surrounded by a clutch of girls and young men - my sisters and brothers.
- In December he makes a welcome return to the venue with a clutch of songs guaranteed to put smiles on faces.
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