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Definition of claw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they claw
    he / she / it claws
    past simple clawed
    -ing form clawing
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  1. 1to scratch or tear someone or something with claws or with your nails claw at somebody/something The cat was clawing at the leg of the chair.
  2. 2(figurative) Branches clawed at her hair. claw somebody/something She had clawed Stephen across the face.
  3. 3(figurative) His hands clawed the air.
  4. Idioms
    claw your way back, into something, out of something, to something, etc.
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    to gradually achieve something or move somewhere by using a lot of determination and effort She clawed her way to the top of her profession. Slowly, he clawed his way out from under the collapsed building.
    Phrasal Verbsclaw somethingback
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: claw