verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- clavipectoral fascia,
- claw back,
- claw bar,
- claw foot,
- claw hammer,
- claw hatchet
Origin of claw
Examples from the Web for claw
My sisters Rosa and Liz called it “the claw,” lovingly at times, and at other times I was not so sure.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dragon, now dangling by a claw from the edge of the sand tray, is on the cusp of defeat.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment|Alex Suskind|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, the agency did try to claw back some of the money it gave out after Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, reports Michael Moynihan.From Katrina To Sandy, FEMA Rumors and Failures Keep Swirling|Michael Moynihan|November 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Admitting to an even bigger trading loss, CEO Jamie Dimon apologized for rogue managers, pledging to claw back compensation.JPMorgan Chase Earnings: CEO Jamie Dimon Comes Clean|Alex Klein|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The two have been battling tooth and claw in the Sunshine State this week.A Florida Win Will Make Headlines, But What About the Delegates?|Matthew DeLuca|January 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And his throat was compressed in those brown, lean, muscular fingers, as in a claw of steel.The Sign of the Spider|Bertram Mitford
Also they often lose a claw in the terrible fights of which they seem so fond.On the Seashore|R. Cadwallader Smith
Is not the lamina of the claw comparable to the wall of the hoof?Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
With his hat held in one claw he bowed most beautifully to a little wren that sat on a limb just below him.The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Jr.|David Cory
But I know that I but claw my wounds when my Physician hath forbidden me.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
Word Origin for claw
Old English clawu, earlier clea, "claw, talon, iron hook," from Proto-Germanic *klawo (cf. Old Frisian klawe "claw, hoe," Middle Dutch klouwe, Dutch klauw, Old High German klawa, German Klaue "claw").
Claw-foot in reference to furniture is from 1823; claw-and-ball attested from 1893. Claw-hammer attested from 1769.
Old English clawian "to scratch, claw," from the same root as claw (n.). Related: Clawed; clawing. Cf. Dutch klaauwen, Old High German klawan, German klauen. To claw back"regain by great effort" is from 1953; as a noun, an act of this, from 1969.