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Synonyms for clutching

fearful of the loss of position or affection

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But the hammer fell futilely upon an empty shell, and Malbihn was again upon his feet clutching at her.
The impetuosity of this act and the weight and momentum of his body carried the bull backward, clutching and clawing for support, down through the leafy branches of the tree.
In utter darkness he flew through space, clutching outward for a hold should his feet miss the invisible ledge.
He braced his legs and feet, pressing the cabin floor with his toes in a clutching sort of way.
They formed into groups, the larger boys, of from ten to twelve, by themselves, the older girls anxiously clutching the small children by the hands or gathering them into their arms.