Meaning of CLAW in English
I. claw 1 /klɔː $ klɒː/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: clawu ]
1 . a sharp curved nail on an animal, bird, or some insects:
The cat dug his claws into my leg.
2 . get your claws into somebody
a) if someone gets their claws into another person, they influence them in a harmful way:
The thought of Eloise getting her claws into the child made his blood run cold.
b) to say unpleasant things about someone in order to upset them:
Wait till the papers get their claws into him.
3 . the curved end of a tool or machine, used for lifting things:
a claw hammer
II. claw 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]
1 . to tear or pull at something, using claws or your fingers
The cat keeps clawing at the rug.
2 . claw your way to try very hard to reach a place or position, using a lot of effort and determination
claw your way up/along/back etc
He clawed his way forward inch by inch.
Benson clawed his way back into the lead.
claw something ↔ back phrasal verb
1 . to get back something that you had lost, by trying very hard:
The company has managed to claw back its share of the market.
2 . British English if a government or organization claws back money it has given to people, it takes it back
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012