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Definition of claw noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1one of the sharp, curved nails on the end of an animal's or a bird's foot The cat lashed out with its claws.
  2. 2a long, sharp, curved part of the body of some types of shellfish, used for catching and holding things the claws of a crab
  3. 3part of a tool or machine, like a claw, used for holding, pulling, or lifting things a claw hammer (= used for pulling out nails)
  4. Idioms
      get your claws into somebody
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    1. 1(disapproving) if a woman gets her claws into a man, she tries hard to make him marry her or have a relationship with her She's really got her claws into you!
    2. 2to criticize someone severely Wait until the media gets its claws into her.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: claw