claw

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1 claw /ˈklɑː/ noun
plural claws
1 claw
/ˈklɑː/
noun
plural claws
Learner's definition of CLAW
[count]
: a sharp curved part on the toe of an animal (such as a cat or bird)
often used figuratively
: a body part of an animal (such as a lobster or crab) that is used for gripping and holding things
: a part on a tool or machine that is used for gripping, digging, etc.
see picture at carpentry
see also bear claw
2 claw /ˈklɑː/ verb
claws; clawed; clawing
2 claw
/ˈklɑː/
verb
claws; clawed; clawing
Learner's definition of CLAW
: to scratch, grip, or dig with claws or fingers
[no object]
usually + at
[+ object]

claw back

[phrasal verb]
claw (something) back or claw back (something) chiefly British
: to get back (something, such as money or business) by acting in a forceful way or by doing something that requires a lot of effort

claw your way

: to move ahead slowly by grabbing onto things
often used figuratively
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