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verb claw pronunciation in American English /klɔ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclawing
past tenseclawed
past participleclawed
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  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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