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Started up my car (manual transmission) and when I released the clutch pedal it won't push back down anymore

I got into my car today, pushed down the clutch pedal (which felt normal, not stiff) and started it up. I let up on the clutch for a moment and when I tried to press it back down again it wouldn't budge. I was able to freely switch gears while the car was still running and the pedal depressed (like it was pressed down). Any ideas why this would happen?

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Looks like a clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder malfunction.

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