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.

lobster claws

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

claw at

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.