verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claw
Related Words for clawingscratch, dig, rip, itch, tear, open, scrap, lacerate, scrape, hurt, break, graze, mangle, maul, scrabble
Examples from the Web for clawing
Contemporary Examples of clawing
If borrowing rates start to climb dramatically, the hope of clawing out of the slump will fade very quickly.French Election Results: Sarkozy Gets the Boot
May 6, 2012
Three or four generations were crouched around her, wailing and weeping, some clawing at her still body.Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians
March 20, 2012
Three weeks from the caucus, Newt, Romney and Paul are in the top tier with Perry and Bachmann clawing to get back in.Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Knock Heads at the ABC News GOP Debate
December 11, 2011
The president is furiously backtracking; Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims; Democrats are dead silent.America Has Disgraced Itself
August 17, 2010
Historical Examples of clawing
The leader of the greenish men paused in mid-leap, clawing at his stomach.The Heads of Apex
She broke away, clawing his face, screaming her maniacal cry.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
The clawing hand hauled at my shoulder; he leered at me knowingly.Lord Jim
The girls were clawing at him; we were all four scrambling, swaying.
It fell, clawing and tearing, to roll helplessly down the slope.
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.