- claw hammer,
- claw hatchet,
- claw off,
- claw setting,
- claw-and-ball foot,
- clay court
Origin of clawed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claw
Examples from the Web for clawed
For every age, there have been subjugated people who have clawed for freedom and dignity.The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?|Roxane Gay|May 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They clawed their way to the top, inch by inch, not letting anything stand in their way.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates|Lauren Ashburn|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even Bob Dole clawed his way into a positive territory after the 1996 Republican fete in San Diego (32-29).Why Mitt Romney Has the Worst Favorability Ratings in Memory|Andrew Romano|September 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The clawed back wages will barely dent the $5.8 billion loss—but they send a message.JPMorgan Chase Earnings: CEO Jamie Dimon Comes Clean|Alex Klein|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lieberman could not have clawed his way to victory without strong backing from Republicans.
He pulled himself jerkily erect and clawed the edge of the bar.Prairie Flowers|James B. Hendryx
Blondel's hands flew out and clawed the air as if he had the Paduan before him, and would tear it from him.The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
Vorongil flexed his clawed hands nervously, stretching and retracting them.The Colors of Space|Marion Zimmer Bradley
But he clawed blindly, with animal instinct, at the hands closing on his throat.The Cartels Jungle|Irving E. Cox, Jr.
But she just clawed his pocket and burrowed and kep' yelling, 'Give him the stone, Augustus!'The Virginian|Owen Wister
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.