Definition of claw noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɔː//
    Parts of animals
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  1. 1 one of the sharp curved nails on the end of an animal’s or a bird’s foot The cat lashed out with its claws. See related entries: Parts of animals
  2. 2 a long, sharp curved part of the body of some types of shellfish, used for catching and holding things the claws of a crab See related entries: Parts of animals
  3. 3 part of a tool or machine, like a claw, used for holding, pulling or lifting things see also claw hammer
  4. Word OriginOld English clawu (noun), clawian (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch klauw and German Klaue.Extra examples The lion growled and showed its claws. The tiger dug its claws into his leg. a cat with sharp clawsIdioms
      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 to have a relationship with her She’s really got her claws into you!
    2. 2to criticize somebody severely Wait until the media gets its claws into her.
    involving opposition or competition that is violent and without pity nature, red in tooth and claw
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