verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claw
Related formsclaw·er, nounclaw·less, adjectivede·claw, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedclause claws
Examples from the Web for clawing
If borrowing rates start to climb dramatically, the hope of clawing out of the slump will fade very quickly.
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|Michael Ware|March 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|John Avlon|December 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The president is furiously backtracking; Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims; Democrats are dead silent.
Valeria reeled backward, shaking and clawing the stinging liquid out of her eyes.Red Nails|Robert E. Howard
Things squealed, or grunted, or died silently, while clawing to reach the upper ledges.Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton
The android—who looked like Jerry, though I couldn't be sure—dropped his kicking, clawing burden at my feet.Robots of the World! Arise!|Mari Wolf
When in this state it was curious to see them clawing at the viands, utterly forgetful of Eastern gravity and decorum.
A dancer went down, coughing and clawing at his throat, while yelps of surprise and pain told me others had been wounded.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter