Claw

Definition of Claw

Pronunciation: klạ
n.1.A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird.
2.The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.
3.Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.
4.(Bot.) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.
Claw hammer
a hammer with one end of the metallic head cleft for use in extracting nails, etc.
Claw hammer coat
a dress coat of the swallowtail pattern.
Claw sickness
foot rot, a disease affecting sheep.
v. t.1.To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails.
[imp. & p. p. Clawed (klạd); p. pr. & vb. n. Clawing.]
2.To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court.
Rich men they claw, soothe up, and flatter; the poor they contemn and despise.
- Holland.
3.To rail at; to scold.
In the aforesaid preamble, the king fairly claweth the great monasteries, wherein, saith he, religion, thanks be to God, is right well kept and observed; though he claweth them soon after in another acceptation.
- T. Fuller
Claw me, claw thee
stand by me and I will stand by you; - an old proverb.
To claw away
to scold or revile.
- Tyndale.
To claw (one) on the back
to tickle; to express approbation.
- L'Estrange.
To claw (one) on the gall
to find fault with; to vex.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw.
To claw off
(Naut.) to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore.

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