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verb claw pronunciation in American English /klɔ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclawing
past tenseclawed
past participleclawed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to attack someone, or to try to cut or tear something using claws

    The bear had clawed the tree trunk to shreds.

    claw at:

    You could hear the dog clawing at the door.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to attack someone, or to try to cut or tear something using your fingernails

      She clawed his left cheek with her long red nails.

      claw at:

      His bony fingers clawed at my face.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to try to take hold of something with your hands
    claw at:

    The children were clawing at my pant legs.

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