You take something in your hand (e.g. a cross) and then wrap your fingers around it. In other words, you hold the object in your fist. What would be the best way to describe that (in US English)?
- You clench the cross in your fist.
- You clasp the cross in your fist.
- Or something entirely different?
I'd love to hear your suggestions!
Edit: One user asked for more context. Although I am actually looking for a word that would work in all scenarios, I was thinking about a religious person, who clenches (clasps? grasps?) a cross whenever (s)he prays.