clutch at

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w>clutch at

vi +prep obj (lit)schnappen nach (+dat), → greifen; (= hold tightly)umklammert halten; (fig)sich klammern an (+acc) ? straw
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He tried to clutch at the edge of the table, dropped the revolver, staggered, and sat down on the ground, looking about him in astonishment.
This has been studied by simulating the torque transmission in a heavy-duty truck dry clutch at slipping conditions [8].
The motor constantly spins at about 25,000 rpm and is geared down to turn the clutch at just 1500 rpm.